Barr. Festus Obun Arop, Ph.D
This study investigated the influence of principals’ characteristics on their administration of discipline in public secondary schools in Ikom Education Zone, Cross River State, Nigeria. The population of the study consisted of all the ninety seven principals (97) and one thousand seven hundred and twenty two teachers in the study area. Census sampling technique was employed to sample the principals while 344 representing 20 percent of the teacher population was selected as sample. A 10-item four-option modified likert type questionnaire titled: “Principals’ Characteristics and Administration of Discipline in Secondary Schools (PCADSS) questionnaire was used for data collection. Two null hypotheses were formulated and tested at .05 alpha level using one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and independent t-test. The result revealed significant influence of principals’ years of experience on their administration of discipline in public secondary schools. However, there was no significant influence of principals’ gender on their administration of discipline in public secondary schools in the study area. It was recommended among others that appointment to position of principal should consider experience as a core requirement.