Identifying the administrative challenges encountered by the principals in low-performing public secondary schools of Faisalabad District, Pakistan

  • Khalida Parveen Faculty of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2674-6866
  • Tran Quang Bao Phuc Faculty of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Muhammad Shafiq School of Software Engineering, Yibin University, Sichuan, China
  • Tian Xiao Wei Faculty of Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
Keywords: School administrative challenges; school improvement process; secondary school principals; low-performing schools; critical challenges.

Abstract

According to the current situation, the most controversial issues emerging in developing countries are the national education's excellence and quality. Several escalating challenges, especially those related to the secondary school administration, are inevitably responsible for poor administrative and academic performance. In addressing those challenges, school administrators are expected to take full accountability for implementing educational policies into practice efficiently. The study's key objective is to explore the prospective challenges principals are encountering in low-performing public secondary schools. To fulfil the research purpose, a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire was developed. A sample of 122 secondary school principals in Faisalabad District was selected by taking advantage of the purposive sampling technique. As a result, a total of 24 challenges were collectively validated through a questionnaire survey. The frequency analysis approach was initially applied to figure out the most critical challenges. Accordingly, 7 challenges were found statistically significant with a frequency ≥50% for each factor. Besides, school-type-based (rural vs. urban) analysis was performed by applying the Chi-Square test. Furthermore, a taxonomy was developed to classify the identified challenges into nine basic knowledge-areas of school administration. The results revealed ‘Governance and Relationships” is the most significant knowledge-area attribute for school improvement.

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Published
2021-02-05
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Parveen, K., Bao Phuc, T. Q., Shafiq, M., & Wei, T. (2021). Identifying the administrative challenges encountered by the principals in low-performing public secondary schools of Faisalabad District, Pakistan. International Journal of Humanities and Innovation (IJHI), 4(1), 5-16. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.33750/ijhi.v4i1.101
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