Stakeholders’ perception of the benefits and barriers to school-community partnership in Seed Secondary Schools in West Nile Region, Uganda
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The purpose of the study was to explore stakeholders’ perception of the benefits and barriers to effective school-community partnership in seed secondary schools in West Nile region, Uganda. Specific objectives were to explore the benefits of school-community partnership and the challenges head teachers face in fostering school-community partnership for quality education in West Nile region. The study used a concurrent mixed method design. Using Questionnaires and Interview guides, data was collected from head teachers, Chairpersons Board of Governors (BOGs) and PTA, students and teachers. Document analysis also provided rich data on the frequencies of meetings and parents’ visits. Minutes of School Board of Governors (BOGs) and Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA), circulars, visitors’ books and parents’ visitation days’ attendance books were analyzed. It was found out that, school-community partnership results to student’s academic achievement and promote community involvement in decision making processes. Nevertheless, numerous challenges such as negative attitudes towards education, parents’ low socio-economic status, irregular parents’ meetings, low level of parents’ education and lack of accountability by some school authorities, hinder school-community partnership in seed secondary schools in West Nile region.