Department: Educational Management And Policy
Iwuno, N. F.
Omenyi, A. S.
The study assessed principals’ application of the elements of human relations in staff personnel management in Anambra State Secondary Schools; including human worth and dignity, recognition, co-operation, participation, communication and freedom in personnel management. The study was choosen in order to enlighten the principals on the need for the involvement of the elements of human relations in their staff personal management. Six research questions and six hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey design covering all the state public secondary schools in Anambra State.Thus,the population was the entire 256 principals and 6,233 teachers in the State public schools. All the 256 principals in the population were included in the study while 1,500 teachers were sampled, using proportionate stratified random sampling that brought the total simple size to 1756 respondents. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire with 35 items titled Questionnaire on Elements of Human Relations Applied by principals in staff personnel management (EHRASPQ) for both principals and teachers. The questionnaire was validated by three lecturers and some modifications were made basd on their corrections. The reliability co-efficient of the instrument was established using Cronbach alpha. The coefficient value obtained for the items was 0.79 which indicated that the instrument was reliable and capable of testing what they are intended to test. The data generated was analysed using mean and standard deviation, while z- test was used for testing the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the data analysed showed that most principals responded to a high extent of the principals application of the elements of human relations in staff personnel management while most teachers responded to a low extent the principals’ application of the elements of human relation in staff personnel management. The result of the analysis from the hypotheses tested showed that all the hypotheses were rejected meaning that there is a significant difference between the principals and teachers mean ratings of the principals’ application of the elements of human relation to staff personnel management. It was therefore recommended that principals should apply the elements of human relations in staff personnel management for good working relationship and that Post-Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC) should regularly organize short courses, workshop and seminars for principals to further guide them to have better grip of elements of human relation in staff personnel management so that the goals of education provision and service delivery in Anambra State Schools will be achieved.