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International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review
ISSN 2360-7076
Vol.6 (2), pp. 22-30 March, 2019
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Original Research Article

Staff performance appraisal practices in two colleges of community health nursing in central region (Ghana): Challenges and existing support systems

Victoria Offei1, Hinneh Kusi2* and Dominic K Danso Mensah2


1Retired Tutor, College of Community Health, Winneba, Ghana
2Department of Educational Administration and Management, Faculty of Educational Studies, University of Education, Winneba, P. O. Box 25 Winneba, Ghana.

*Corresponding Author Email: hinnehkusi(at)
Tel.: +233 205477806

date Received: January 10, 2019     date Accepted: February 25, 2019     date Published: March 12, 2019


This study explored challenges of staff performance appraisal in two Colleges of Community Health Nursing in Central Region (Ghana) and existing support systems. The sequential explanatory mixed methods design, which involved the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data was used for the study. The quantitative phase of the study involved a census frame of 40 College tutors, who responded to a structured questionnaire, while the qualitative phase involved a semi-structured interview with 4 Senior Tutors and 4 Junior Tutors, selected through maximal variation sampling technique. The quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics such as means and standard deviations, while the qualitative data was used to support the quantitative data when necessary. The study revealed that the major challenges to the appraisal of the performance of the tutors in the Colleges included the appraisees’ lack of understanding of the processes involved, irregular feedback to appraisees, and setting overly challenging goals for appraisees. Among others, the study recommended that management of the institutions should organise training programmes on performance appraisal for the staff to create awareness and acceptance, and to improve their understandings of the processes involved.

Key words: Tutors, performance appraisal, community health, nursing training colleges, challenges, support systems, appraiser, appraisee

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