Ngare A.M.1 & & Njoka J.N. 2 & Mwaruvie J.M. 3
1Karatina University, Karatina, Kenya
2Karatina University, Karatina, Kenya
3Karatina University, Karatina, Kenya
Abstract: Motivation of teachers plays an essential function in promotion and production of quality education in the world and Kenya in particular. It is critical to establish the role played by motivation of teachers in the stimulation and realization of an engaged and focused learner in the teaching and learning process. This study sought to assess the motivation of teachers in primary schools in Embu and Kirinyaga counties in Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives, which were to; examine the status of motivation of primary school teachers and to compare the motivation of primary school teachers in Embu and Kirinyaga counties in Kenya. The study was guided by the Herzberg’s motivation-hygiene theory due to its theoretical framework. The Correlational research design was adopted for the study. The population that was targeted consisted of all public primary schools which were, 384 in Embu and 199 in Kirinyaga County while teachers in the two counties were 3,923 and 2,925 in Embu and Kirinyaga counties respectively. The sample was selected using the Mugenda & Mugenda (2003) criteria of 10-30% where the lower figure was used yielding a sample of 234 respondents, comprising of 58 head teachers, 58 schools’ Board of Management (BOM) chairpersons and 116 teachers. The two (2) County Quality Assurance and Standard Officers (CQASO) from the two counties were selected using the purposive sampling technique. The questionnaires and interview schedules were used for data collection. The questionnaires were administered to both the head teachers and teachers, whereas the interview schedule was for the CQASOs and BOM chairpersons. Data was analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics with aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21.0. Results of the data were presented using tables. From these results it is concluded that the motivation of teachers was very high at over 80.6%. The study recommends the need to sustain and strengthen the incentives given to teachers in the two counties.
Keywords: Incentives, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Motivation-Hygiene Theory
Published: December 20, 2021
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