NEI finds leadership, management in 40% of public schools unsatisfactory
The National Education Inspectorate (NEI) has found leadership and management to be unsatisfactory in 40 per cent of schools it has inspected to date.
The NEI inspected 50 primary and secondary schools up to December 2014 and will inspect 85 other institutions in order to complete the assessment of all public schools by June of this year.
Chief Inspector Maureen Dwyer says despite the circumstances with school boards, principals and senior teachers must plan adequately for students’ learning.
However, she says principals and board chairmen have been expressing a willingness to be accountable for the performance of their institutions.
She says since the findings, many principals and boards have written to the NEI questioning details in the school reports and have also been stating their commitment to implement recommendations for improvement. She says this level of participation in the inspection process is “unprecedented and adds real value to the area of school improvement”.
Meanwhile, in response to the leadership deficits identified by the NEI’s reports, the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) says it has been intensifying efforts to boost capacity among the country’s school leaders.
Some 600 principals have participated in the NCEL's leadership development and training support programme to date. Principal of NCEL, Dr Maurice Smith, says many school principals and administrators are qualified, but are not schooled to lead institutions.
He says all principals at the primary and secondary levels will participate the training exercise.
Since participating in the training administered by the NCEL, Smith says there have been visible improvements in the overall administration in schools and the competency of the students, including improvements in school attendance, stakeholder involvement, funding of school projects, lower teacher turnover, reduction in indiscipline and improved compliance with statutory regulations and financial management.
However, he cautioned that a correlation between the training of the principals and these improvements has not yet been established.