The Management of Universal Secondary Education and Students’ Performance in Rural Secondary Schools in Masindi District, Uganda.
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The study investigated and sought to establish the impact of “The Management of Universal Secondary Education and students’ Performance in Rural Secondary Schools in Masindi District”. This was done under the following objectives: To examine the influence of planning of USE on students’ performance in rural schools in Masindi district. To establish the influence of budgeting on students’ performance in rural secondary schools in Masindi district. To establish the extent to which staffing has contributed to students’ performance in rural secondary schools in Masindi district. The research was conducted using both quantitative and qualitative approaches using Survey, Correlation and Case study as Research Designs. Data was collected using Questionnaires and Interview guide as well as review of available documents and records targeting basically BOG and PTA Members, Teachers and Head teachers as respondents from a sample size of 164 in Masindi District USE schools. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists where conclusions were drawn from tables and figures from the Package. Based on the study findings, the following conclusions were made; the results from the study indicate that Staffing has contributed to student’s performance in rural secondary school in Masindi district.The study revealed that the budgeting influences student’s performance in rural secondary schools in Masindi district. The results further indicated that the planning of USE funds Influences student’s performance in rural secondary schools in Masindi district. The final conclusion of this study is that there is a significant positive relationship between Management of Universal Secondary Education and Student’s performance. From the findings in this study, the following recommendations are put forward: The Ministry of Education and sports should increase on Staffing and create conducive environment for learning. Masindi district council, parents and other educational stakeholders should put forward strategies of constructing laboratories and combating shortage of well-stocked libraries to district secondary schools. Teachers’ salaries should be increased to match the increasing work load and cater for improved life styles of the teachers to enhance performance. Finally it is highly recommended that a similar study be conducted to investigate factors affecting academic achievement particularly in primary education. This may allow comparison of the result of studies between different levels of education in Masindi District