Strategies adopted by principals for waste management in public secondary schools in Anambra state, Nigeria
Dr. Okoye Faith Ogechukwu, Duru Daniel, Ewudo Angela
The study investigated strategies adopted by Principals for waste management in public secondary schools in Anambra state, Nigeria. Three research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Descriptive survey research design was adopted. The population comprised 71public secondary school principals from three education zones. 63 principals were drawn as the sample using incidental sampling method. Simple random sampling was used to draw the education zones. A 15 item questionnaire, developed by the researchers was used for data collection. The validation of the instrument was done by three experts, two from Educational Management and Policy and one from Measurement and Evaluation, Educational Foundations Department, all in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The reliability of the instrument was tested using Cronbach Alpha statistic and it yielded an index of 0.83 which was considered high enough for measuring the consistency of the items in the instrument. Data obtained were analyzed through mean, and t-test statistic. The findings indicate that construction of drainages for flood, use of offal holes, pits, evacuation of rubbish are principal’s strategies for liquid waste management. Provision of landfills for sewage, ash deposits and enacting laws to penalize culprits that litter the school environment are principals’ solid waste management strategies. Gender of the principals do not significantly differ in the strategies used for waste management. Based on the findings, the study recommended among others that intensive orientation and re-orientation for change of psyche should be adopted by principals for waste management. Government should enhance the procurement of gadgets for separation, recycling and disposal of wastes in secondary schools.