EXTENT OF PRINCIPALSâ€™ UTILIZATION OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES FOR ENHANCING COMMUNICATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE
Keywords:Principals, Social Networking Sites, Whatsapp, Facebook, Communication
The purpose of the study was to determine the extent of principalsâ€™ utilization of social networking sites for enhancing communication in secondary schools in Anambra State. The study was guided by two research questions. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consisted of 257 Principals in the 257 public secondary schools in Anambra State. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to sample 178 principals for the study. Data collection was done using structured questionnaire of 13 items, which was validated by experts. Cronbach alpha was used for the reliability test and coefficient values of 0.78 and 0.75 were obtained for parts A and B respectively and overall reliability coefficient of 0.77. Out of 178 copies of the instrument distributed, 169 representing 95% return rate were dully filled and retrieved. Data analysis was done using mean and standard deviation. The findings revealed among others that there was high extent of principals utilization of Whatsapp for enhancing communication in secondary schools in Anambra State. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that Ministry of Education should train principals through workshops and seminars on the use of social networking sites for enhancing communication in school.