Physical Resource Management in Government Secondary Schools, Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia
The study explored physical resource management practices in the Wolaita Zone government secondary schools. A descriptive survey design was used to attain the study’s stated objective. Both quantitative and qualitative method was employed in this research. Sample respondents were drawn by available sampling technique due to their direct relationship with the issue under study and hence to gain sufficient information. The data was collected through questionnaires, interviews, document review and personal observation. Data gathered through questionnaires were quantitatively analyzed using percentage and mean values. Moreover, the data gathered through interviews, open-ended questions, observation and relevant documents were qualitatively analyzed. Having gone through these, the study found that resource management functions such as planning, inventory, purchasing, maintenance, participatory management and budget allocation for the provision of the required materials were poorly implemented. Purchasing physical resources revealed weaknesses in quality, quantity, time and price. There was ineffective maintenance of physical resources, unqualified storekeepers, and a lack of proper follow-up are reasons for the damage and wastage of such physical resources. The inventory practice and using inventory reports for decisions in the school were poor. The storage management system was in poor condition in all schools. The lack of users’ technical skills was a significant challenge for managing physical resources. Significant challenges were due to a lack of good storing and disposal strategy, proper distribution, and poor close follow-up.
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