Staff Relationship Strategies and School Effectiveness in Public Secondary Schools: Depicting Kwara State, Nigeria
This study examines the influence of staff relationship strategies adopted by school principals and their effectiveness in Kwara State Public Secondary Schools (KSPSS). The study population comprises principals and teachers from the 64 public secondary schools in Ilorin metropolis, where 20 were selected randomly. From each of the 20 schools, ten teachers were selected randomly using a convenience sampling method while the school principal and a vice principal in each sampled school were purposively selected. Questionnaires were used to obtain data from 240 respondents. The descriptive statistics technique was used to answer the research question while the hypotheses which were formulated were tested using Pearson Product-Moment Correlation. The result shows a high level of school effectiveness in Ilorin metropolis’ public secondary schools. Furthermore, the four hypotheses tested showed strong positive relationships between: communication and quality leadership, shared goals and school discipline, motivation and staff satisfaction, and career development or work balance and student academic performance. It was concluded that public secondary schools in Ilorin metropolis are effective and that a strong relationship exists between staff relationship strategies and school effectiveness. The study recommends that schools should improve on their organised environment to increase its contributions to school effectiveness.