Headteachers’ Management Styles and Secondary School Students’ Discipline in Wakiso District, Uganda

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue XI, November 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

Headteachers’ Management Styles and Secondary School Students’ Discipline in Wakiso District, Uganda

Dr. Kayindu Vincent

Kampala International University, Uganda, East Africa

Abstract:-The current study was carried out in 25 private secondary schools, randomly selected from five sub counties in Wakiso district which boarders Kampala City the capital of Uganda. It examined the relationship between head teachers’ dominant management styles and students’ discipline. Using cross-sectional survey design with a quantitative approach, the data was collected from 725 respondents, 700 of whom were students and 25 were head teachers. The findings indicated that head teachers’ dominantly used management styles do not correlate significantly with the discipline of students. The general conclusion made was that all head teachers use different management style in the execution of their duties; the method which is dominantly used by the head teachers does not influence the discipline of the learners much. Thus, the researcher recommended that since other factors other than the headteachers’ management styles mainly impact on the students’ discipline, parents should try their best to ensure that they close the social, environmental and economic gaps which can be detrimental to their children.

Key words: Management styles; Correlates; Discipline


Schools are, as per the Education (Pre-primary and Post primary), Act 2018 proposed to promote among other things, the moral values of students. In addition, headteachers are supposed to collaborate with the Board of governors to ensure that the schools are properly managed.

By law, certain regulations have to be observed in the management of secondary schools in Uganda. These regulations are enshrined in among other legal documents, the Education (Pre-Primary, Primary and Post-Primary) Act, 2008. In the management of a secondary school, the head teacher is supposed to do it in consultation with other stakeholders, such as the Foundation body and the Board of Governors’ The promotion of moral values is among the national aims of education in Uganda, thus all educational institutions are supposed to see to it that all those who pass through the educational institutions become morally responsible. Though the promotion of moral values is emphasized in every society, the social, political and economic changes in the world over time have brought a dilemma in the field of school management and discipline. Much as students’ discipline is important, some schools do not mind much about promoting it (Mutebi, 2013).

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