Exploring Perceptions of Parents on Head Teachers’ Financial Management Skills in Public Primary Schools in Tanzania

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Journal of Education and Practice
ISSN 2222-1735 (Paper) ISSN 2222-288X (Online)
Vol 3, No 13, 2012

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Exploring Perceptions of Parents on Head Teachers’ Financial
Management Skills in Public Primary Schools in Tanzania
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Juma Saidi Mwinjuma1* Roselan Bin Baki2
Assistant Lecturer University of Dodoma, Faculty of Education, Department of
Educational Management and Policy Studies, Currently Pursuing PhD in Educational Administration,
University Putra Malaysia
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Educational studies, University Putra Malaysia
*E-mail of the corresponding author: saijumwi@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the observations of parents on head teachers’ financial management skills in public
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Four participants were purposively selected. However, on the basis of purposiveness only two were accessible and willingly to provide information. Creswell (2009) asserts that the idea behind qualitative research is to purposefully select participants or sites that will best help the researcher understand the problem and the research questions. The participants were accessible and were not hesitant to provide their views of the problem being studied. In making a purposive sampling decision for the respondents, the goal was to select cases that are likely to be knowledgeable (Creswell, 2009; Cohen et al., 2007) or information rich (Gall et al., 1998) in relation to the purpose of the study. Thus, among the two participants one of them was in the past happened to be school committee member (PM) in one of public primary schools in Tanzania while the other participant was simply a parent with children studying in public primary schools (PN) in Tanzania. However, both were aware of the existing situation in public primary school financial management and the existing PEDP.
Although the investigator once served as a primary school teacher, which could give him some insights into parents’ perceptions on head teachers’ financial managerial skills, he was aware of the research bias (Fraenkel &
Wallen, 2003) and the importance to stay objective in the process of

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