Vol. 1, Issue 12 (2016)
Role of community participation on primary education service delivery in Puntland State-Somalia
Author(s): Abdulnur Mohamed Bare Ismael, Dr. Hellen Mberia, Dr Willy Muturi
Abstract: Since there is an evidence about community participations on primary education service delivery like the district education committee (DEC), girls education advisory committee (GEAC) and parents teachers association (PTA) committees in primary schools have been participative in primary education through sensitizing people about having their girl children in school, improve service conditions for teachers, enhance schools supervision system, advocate for more teachers to be put on government payroll and supply educational resources with the help of community, religious and clan leaders. However, the service delivery is still poor, reflected in insufficient access to teaching learning materials, teachers are de-motivated, poor teaching methods, lack of enough resources, low enrollment, poor retention and completion by children of primary education and insufficient classroom supplies and prescribed textbooks. The study was set out to identify the role of community participation on primary education services delivery in Puntland State-Somalia. Specifically, it was intended to examine community resource mobilization, community involvement in decision making and community monitoring/resource supervision and how each of these affected delivery of primary education services in Puntland Somalia. The researcher adopted a correlational research design to establish how each of the different constructs of community participation affects delivery of primary education services Puntland Somalia. A sample of 148 respondents was selected from study population of 236 persons. These were selected using simple random sampling techniques. Research findings based on the responses received revealed that all constructs of community participation (community resource mobilization, community involvement in decision making and community monitoring/resource supervision) had a significant positive effect on delivery of primary education services in Garowe Puntland Somalia. Efforts should also be made to develop community involvement programs that include a focus on parent involvement in conducting learning activities with children in their homes, assisting with homework, and regular monitoring of students and teachers’ attendance through conducting community patrols. There should also be increase in community involvement in education decision making through promoting community awareness, strengthening community-school relationship and surrendering local decision-making power to the community and also increase community resource mobilization through communicating to the community that their support makes a great deal of difference in educational success of the children.