Role of the Local Community in Implementation of Government Funded Projects in Public Secondary Schools in Baringo County


By Viola Kiprotich

School of Human Resource Development

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Nakuru, Kenya


Success of any project worldwide calls for the support of the organizational management, employees, all the stakeholders, and more so the local community. In fact, members of the local community are key in any project, whether private or government support. One of the main projects that the Kenyan government has evenly distributed across the country is secondary schools. The study was therefore intended to determine the role of the local community in the successful implementation of government funded projects in public secondary schools. The study was conducted on the background of increased awareness on the importance of engaging the local community in project implementation in secondary schools.

The main objective of the study was to assess the roles which the local communities play in the process of project execution. Four major roles were holistically studied to show how these variables effect successful project implementation in public secondary schools. Data was collected from both primary and secondary source. The primary method of data collection includes use of structured questions in form of questionnaire administered to respondents and also face to face interviews. The secondary data on the other hand, was acquired from existing data of secondary schools and the profiles of some of the projects were collected from educational office.

Both qualitative and quantitative approach was adopted to obtain statistical data for the study. In qualitative approach, an individual interview was conducted to uncover detailed information. This approach is essential to the study for it gives deeper insights of the required information. Quantitative data on the other hand involve generation of numerical data which is transformed into useable statistics. The data acquired in this approach was used to quantify variables and results generalized to the larger population. Survey method was adopted to randomly select five public secondary schools in Baringo County. This was done in such a way that five sub counties in the county are represented. 50 respondents were obtained from the selected secondary schools. The study randomly selected few individuals representing 10% of the study population representing various departments in the schools.

Data collection was undertaken by use of questionnaire which comprised of close and open-ended questions administered to the respondents .Raw data acquired was analyzed and interpreted using SPSS and presented using tables, charts and graphs.

The findings indicate that the role of the local community in implementation of government funded projects in secondary schools has been overlooked by most school’s administration. This results in inefficiency of the implementation process. The members of the local community are not aware and lack experience of project implementation process. The local community members are left out when it comes to major decisions on the project execution plan and budgetary allocation, making spectators rather than key implementers. Generally, data collected indicate that their minimal participation of the members of the local community in the project execution.

The study recommends that there should be proper project implementation plan right before the start of the project. A well train project manager should be hired to manage the projects. The members of the local community should be encouraged to take training to help them take up roles in the project implementation. Finally, roles of each stakeholder should be clearly defined before the onset of the project.


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This paper was a research project report submitted to the School of Human Resource Development in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Masters of Science in Project Management degree at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

About the author

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Nakuru, Kenya

Viola Kiprotich has a BA degree in Education from Moi University Eldoret (2009) and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Project Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Nakuru, Kenya.  She has been a teacher of English and Literature at Sirwa Secondary School (2010-2012) and is currently teaching at Olmarai Secondary School.  Professional training includes financial courses, disaster preparedness and management, and opportunities for life (preparing for excellence).  As a member of the Human Rights Club at Moi Uiversity, she studied democracy and non-violence.  Viola can be contacted at [email protected].