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DETERMINANTS OF PROCUREMENT PERFORMANCE AT THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION


Stephen Gitau Kimeria

MSc. Procurement and Logistics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Dr. Gordon Karanja Ngugi

Lecturer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology


ABSTRACT

For most developing countries including Kenya education takes the largest share of the national budget with 13.5% of Kenya government spend going to education in 2011 and 17% in 2010 (RoK, 2013). With such a sizeable investment, a reflection of the realization of the crucial role that education or human capital plays in the development process is crucial. The Ministry of Education (MOED) system is in a bad state and the heavy investment is not yielding commensurate returns. There is urgent need to rethink the delivery of public education and this demands the attention of highest level of leadership, so as to make misappropriation of funds and questionable procurement processes a thing of the past. An effective public procurement system is essential for the smooth running of an economy. This study examined the determinants of procurement performance at the MOED, and specifically aimed to establish to what extent the following objectives which include: stakeholders, resource dependency, leadership style and technology influence procurement performance at the MOED. The study adopted a descriptive research design since the research sought to gather quantitative and qualitative data, summarize, present and interpret information for the purpose of establishing the determinants of procurement performance at the MOED. The study targeted 800 employees from the MOED head office in Nairobi. Descriptive and inferential statistics data analysis techniques were employed and findings presented on tables and charts. The study found out that performance of procurement in the MOED is largely influenced by the following determinants: stakeholders, resource dependency, leadership style and technology, with 90.7% correlation coefficient.


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