Hutton, Disraeli M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Interpreting the demographic variables related to high-performing principals in the public education system in Jamaica
International Studies in Educational Administration (ISEA)
Date of Publication
This study sought to interpret selected demographic factors as they relate to the performance of high-performing principals in the Jamaican public education system. The demographic data were obtained from a broader study which determined the essential factors of the high-performing principals. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse the data. The examination of the demographic variables revealed that: (a) only 125 of the 999, or 12.5 per cent of the principals, were rated as high performing by the regional directors and education officers, (b) 64 per cent of the high-performing principals were females, which was similar to that of the general population of principals, (c) 73, or 58 per cent, of high-performing principals were recruited to the post of principal after between 1 and 9 years from other schools, but a greater number of principals were recruited from within the schools they had been employed, (d) 104, or 83 per cent, of the high-performing principals will be up for retirement within 10 years, (e) 61, or 59 per cent, of those retirees will be females, (f) over 80 per cent of the principals interviewed attended traditional primary schools and traditional high schools, and (g) the principals all have a strong academic background and training in educational administration. This has implications for future principal training and recruitment in the Jamaican school system.....