Principals’ Qualifications and Students’ Learning Outcomes in Senior Secondary Schools in Bauchi State

By Dr Barakatu Abdullahi


The study adopted the descriptive research design to investigate principals’ qualification and students’ learning outcomes in senior secondary schools in Bauchi State. Thirty (30) principals, twenty seven (27) vice principals (administration) and seventeen (17) vice principals (academic) as well as three hundred and fifty nine (359) teachers were chosen using stratified simple random sampling technique, that gives a total of 433 respondents as sample for this study. The instrument used in the study was self-designed questionnaire titled Principals’ Qualifications and Students’ Learning Outcomes Questionnaire (PQSLOQ). The instrument was validated by 2 experts in the Department of Educational Foundations, Educational Administration and Planning Unit, Federal University Kashere, Gombe state and a reliability coefficient of 0.83 was obtained by test-retest method. Two research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient Analysis Procedure was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 significant level. The results showed that there was no significant relationship of principals’ qualification and students’ learning outcomes. Based on the findings, it was recommended that school principals’ qualification should be considered when it comes to principals’ appointments and promotion, to enhance effective leadership and promote students’ learning outcomes.

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