DATA MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IN NSUKKA EDUCATION ZONE OF ENUGU STATE
This study was designed to investigate data management practices of secondary school administrators in Nsukka Education Zone of Enugu State. The study employed descriptive survey research design. The population comprised 58 principals and 2004 teachers. The entire populations of the principals were used and 2004 teachers were sampled for the study using multistage sampling technique. Three research questions were used to guide the study. The instrument used for data collection was questionnaire. The instruments consisted of twenty two (22) items questionnaires titled Data Management Questionnaire. The instrument was analyzed using mean and standard deviation for the research questions. The results of the data analysis revealed that the major ways adopted by the school administrators in management of data include use of computer, CD Rom, Microfilm, microfiche, flash disc, test scores and questionnaire. Constraints to data management include requisite knowledge of managing data, lack of data storage, epileptic power supply and inadequate fund etc. Moreso, strategies that could be employed to enhance the utilization of data include refresher courses, administrators should be computer literate, equipment for storage and retrieval should made available etc. Based on the above findings a number of recommendations were made that: Administrators should be trained on the aspect of managing data like filling. All the departments and units in our schools and board should avoid inflation of data. There should be a laid down rule on how data should be collected, stored and managed to ensure its management.