Strategies for Fostering the Efficacy of School-Based Management Committee Practice for Quality Education Delivery and Development in Bauchi State: Implications for Counselling
The study examined community participation in the School-Based Management Committees (SBMC), the challenges hindering participation, and strategies for fostering efficacy of the School Based Management Committee. The number 340 schools were selected from the population of 2543 public primary schools in Bauchi State. A questionnaire titled Community Participation in School-Based Management Questionnaire (CPSBMCQ) was used. The study revealed that communities have significantly participated in SBMC in improving students' discipline, policy and decision making. Generally, the stakeholders identified apathy, lack of time, poor socio-economic background and low self esteem as major problems that hinder communities' participation. The study shows that stakeholders need training in education leadership, computer, participatory decision making and strategic planning. They also need more workshops, adequate funding and adequate facilities. The study recommends that headmasters should create an open environment for school community and encourage them to participate actively. Guidance and counselling also should be enhanced.