A. PERSONAL INFORMATION
NAME: PROF. BENJAMIN ABAYA ONDIGI
PERSONAL ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 106, GESIMA
OFFICIAL ADDRESS: Kisii University College
Faculty of Educational
P.O Box 408-40200, Kisii
Mobile No. 0733402288, 0729410858
DATE OF BIRTH: 5th January 1947
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mosobeti,
MARITAL STATUS: Married with four children
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Educational Administration and Management.
HOBBIES: Reading, Soccer, Volleyball, Hockey, and Travelling
LANGUAGES: - English – Fluent verbal and written communicator.
Kiswahili – Fluent verbal and written communicator.
Ekegusii – Fluent verbal and written communicator.
Filipino – can speak a number of words.
2012- to date:- A full member of Kenya Institute of Management
University of Minnesota Ph.D. (Educational Administration & Policy).
Philippine Union College M.A.Ed. (Educational Administration, & Supervision)
1984 Philippine Union College B.ED.
1974 Private Studies ‘A’ level – (2p. 1s)
PROF. BENJAMIN A. ONDIGI
1971-1973 Kamagambo TTC Teaching Certificate
Kisii High School ‘O’ level
Motagara Primary School K.P.E.
i. PEER REVIEWER WITH THE COMMISSION FOR UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
2013 Reviewed M.ED (Administration and Management) programme for African Nazarene University
ii. EXCHANGE PROGRAM
2012-2013 Participated in exchange program between Helsinki Metropolia University- Finland and Kisii University, MMUST and Makerere University. We were able to win EURO 112000(Ksh 11,200,000). Two of Kisii University students (Dennis Basweti Omweri and Faith Wanjiru Rukahu) benefitted from this exchange program by going to Helsinki Metropolia University in Finland for 5months.
iii. TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATION
2014 - Director School of Post Graduate Studies Kisii University.
May 2010 – Present, Associate Professor, Educational Administration Planning and Economics of Education, Kisii University
-Teaching the following courses in the department of educational:
EAPE 706, EDFO 701 & EDUC 501 Research methods in education.
EAPE 711 Leadership and Administration
EAPE 712 School Business Administration
EAPE 411 Educational Administration and Management
EAPE 0221 Education Administration
Supervision of 12 Master of Education Students.
Oct 2009 - April 2010 Associate Professor, Educational Planning and Management, Masinde
Muliro University (MMUST)
2005 -2009 Chairman of Educational Management & Foundations Department, Maseno University.
2003 -2009 Senior Lecturer in Educational Administration and Management, Maseno University.
1998-2005 Chairman of Department- Educational Management and Foundations Maseno
1996 - 2006 Maseno University Lecturer in Educational Administration in the Department of Educational Management. Teaching the following graduate courses:
EMA 840: Research Methods II
EMA 821: Research Methods I
EMA 852: Financing of Education
EMA 511: Educational Administration
EMA 833: Theories and Concepts in Educational Management
EMA 834: Human Resource Management
EMA 859: Gender Issues in Education
EMA 836: Policy Formulation & Administration
EMA 857: Guidance & Counselling
EMA 837: Change and Management of Change
EMA 860: Legal Issues in Education
EDU 510: Research Methods.
Teaching the following undergraduate courses:
PAC 411: Educational Administration
EDU 111: Introduction to Education II.
1999-2002 Coordinator of Faculty of Education Seminars and workshops (Maseno University)
Lecturer at Kericho Teachers’ Training College (KTTC)
Taught the following courses:-
- Educational Psychology (Developmental & Learning)
- Foundation of Education – African Traditional Education, Western Education, Philosophy of Education, Agencies of Education and Comparative Education, Educational Administration, Management and Organization.
-Supervised students on Teaching Practice.
Lecturer at Baringo Teachers Training College
Headmaster and classroom teacher at Omoyo Secondary School.
Taught the following subjects:
Christian Religious Education, History and Government.
Taught at Matutu and Omoyo schools.
Taught at Motagara Secondary school
2009 Part- time lecturer at Kenya Methodist University- Teaching Educational Management and planning Courses
2004 Part-time lecturer University of Eastern Africa-Baraton. Courses taught at Masters level are:
EDAD 773: Current Issues in Educational Administration and
EDAD 750: Planning Educational Facilities
2001 Part-time lecturer Moi University. Course taught at Masters level are:
PAC 834: Human Resource Management
PAC 836: Policy Formulation and Administration
PAC 837: Change and Management of Change
1995-1996 Coordinated and facilitated a discussion for the department of Youth Services and International Development Education at the university of Minnesota (U.S.A)
-Part-time lecturer at Blakes School, Minnesota (U.S.A.)
- Served as Educational Coordinator at Seed Academy and Harvest Preparatory – Minnesota. (U.S.A)
I supervised teachers and instructed them how to implement a programme that had been designed – “Mastery Directed Learning”.
Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota – Department of Educational Administration and Policy.
Coordinated communication between Faculty Staff members and students on Planned programmes, and disseminated information.
iii. EXTERNAL EXAMINER (moderation of examinations)
2010 – External Examiner of Kenyatta University, Department of Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies
2009 - Present External Examiner University of Eastern Africa Baraton Department of Education Administration and Curriculum Studies.
1998- Present: Chairman Board of Governors of Motagara Secondary School
1976 Church elder Motagara SDA Church. Raised funds through Harambees for churches and schools.
1975 Church Treasurer of Motagara SDA Church.
C. TEACHING INTERESTS AND ATTITUDES
SKILLS: Planning and organizing activities, assigning and delegating powers, hiring and training, working smoothly with people and creating team work, reason clearly and critically, defines and delineates goals, writing and listening, school finances and budgeting, recognizing and solving problems, sensitive to other peoples feelings and rights; Administration and Management of Schools and Institution of higher learning, supervising and advising of Theses at graduate level, creating and maintaining good public relations.
RESEARCH: Has skills in both quantitative and qualitative, ability in in-depth interviews, data collection, analysis and synthesis and interpretation of data.
Jane Amunga, Benjamin Ondigi and Juda Ndiku (2013). Collaboration on the beach marking and schools’ academic performance: Lambert Publishers.
Ondigi, B.A. & Ondigi S.R. (2003). The Kenyan Education System and the way Forward: A Prescription for the required Dosage. Nairobi: Wasor Publishers.
Mosomi,B &Ondigi,B.A, (2014). Sources of Conflicts in the Management of Sponsored Public Secondary Schools. Jounal of Education Research and Behavioural Sciences Vol.3(9),pp.287-295.
Amunga J, Ondigi, B.A, Ndiku, J & Ochieng,B (2013) Collaboration on the beach marking and secondary school mean score in the Western Region Kenya: An analytical investigation period International Jounal of Education and Research Vol. No.9, 133-140.
Makori, P.M, Okwara, M.O, Bantu, E, M, Indoshi, F.C. & Ondigi, B.A (2012). Formulating objectives and content for human sexuality education program. Lignuist. Cult. Educ. 1 (2012), No. 2, 299-310. ISSN 2050-7453
Florence Osiri Mobegi Benjamin A. Ondigi and Enosh M. Simatwa (2012). Factors contributing to mismanagement and misappropriation in public secondary schools in Gucha District, Kenya. IJEMR: - May 2012- Vol. 2, Issue 5. Online ISSN 2249-2585.
Onyango D.O., Simatwa E.M.W. and Ondigi B.A (2011). Factors influencing participation of women in secondary education management in Siaya district, Kenya; Analytical study Educational (ISSN:2141-5261) vol. 2 (9) pp. 1513 - 1527
Florence Osiri Mobegi and Benjamin A.Ondigi (2011). Copying with quality assurance challenges faced by Secondary schools’ Head teachers in Gucha district, Kenya. Educational Research and reviews vol.6 (12), pp 746-752,25 September 2011 (ISSN) 1990-3839.
Kwedho, C.A, Simatwa, E.M.W & Ondigi, B. A (2010). Challenges Facing Head Teachers in Implementation of AIDS Educations in Secondary Schools in Kenya: A Case Study of Busia, Bunyala and Samia Districts. Educational Research Vol. 1 (10), pp 492-500.
Mobegi, F.O, Ondigi B.A, & Oburu, P.O. (2010). Secondary Schools Headteachers’ Quality Assurance Strategies and Challenges in Gucha District, Kenya. Educational Research and Reviews Vol. 5 (7), pp. 408-414.
Winga, Ondigi & Odek (2010) Prevalence Correlates of Substance Use and abuse among Maseno University Students. Maseno University Journal vol. 1, 27-32.
Ayodo T.M .O & Ondigi B.A (2009). Influence of Formal Education on Earnings of the self employed people in Kisii municipality. Kenya Journal of Education Planning, Economics and Management vol. 1, 121-128.
Kizito, A. & Ondigi(2009). An Analysis of the Factors that Influence Teacher Attrition in Both Public and Private Secondary Schools in Kisumu City, Kenya. The Fountain A Journal of the School of Education. Reviewed and accepted for publication and the letter is given to that effect.
Wamukuru, D.K. & Ondigi, B.A. (2008). The Impact of the school improvement Programme on students achievement Programme on Students’ achievement and Teachers Effectiveness. A case study of Primary schools in Kisumu Municipality. Journal of Education and Human Resources (JEDHURE) vol. 5, 110-123.
Kiage, J. & Ondigi , B.A. (2007). Effects of cost Shairing policy on Secondary School Enrollment in Nyamira District. Maseno University Faculty of Arts, Journal (MUFGASS) Vol. 1 No. 2, 34-44.
Omariba, J.N. & Ondigi, B.A. (2007). Factors that contribute to Performance in Public Examinations in Rural Secondary Schools in Kisii Distirct. African Journal of Education studies (been reviewed and accepted for publication in the next issue (KU) and a letter to that effect t given).
Mwebi, B. & Ondigi, B.A. (2007). Effects of variable costs on Educational Wastage in Primary Education in Nyamira District, Kenya. African Journal of Education studies. Has been reviewed and accepted for publication in the next issue (KU) and a letter to that effect given.
Ondigi, B.A. (2005) Cultural and Social Adjustment of Foreign students in the University of Minnesota. Maseno University Journal of Education, Arts and Sciences Vol. 5 No. 1, 21-30
Ondigi, B.A. (2004). The 8-4-4 Educational Reform in Kenya. African Journal of Educational Management and Curriculum Studies. (Reviewed and accepted for publication and a letter is given to that effect).
Masters Thesis: A survey of Problems that Overseas Students Meet at Philippine Union College.
Ph.D. Dissertation: Academic and Social Learning of Kenyan Students in the University of Minnesota.
2010 a paper entitled “effective management for the provision of quality Education for all”.
Presented a paper entitled “ Reflections on the Role of Education in Relation to Russian Educational Reform” at a Seminar held at the University of Minnesota in 1996.
*Discipline and Discipleship: Implications for ACF Growth and Christian Character Formation and Ministry to Students in US Institutions.
A paper presented at the 16th Biennial National Conference of the African Christian Fellowship, US Wilmore, Kentucky July 26th – 30th 1995.
*The 8-4-4 Educational Reform in Kenya.
A Paper Presented at the Educational Seminar held at the University of Minnesota in 1993.
*Problems of Foreign Students in Higher Institutions with Particular Reference to the University of Minnesota.
A Paper Presented at the University of Minnesota on the International Students’ Seminar 1993.
*Conditions that Maximize Learning for Students of Primary and Secondary Age.
A Paper presented to East African Union Teachers’ Retreat at Kamagambo Adventist College in August 19th – 23rd 1992.
*The Use of Corporal Punishment.
A Paper Presented at the Philippine Union College in 1985 at the Seminar on the Management of School.
2011 -Participated in pedagogy workshop for University lecturers 24th -26th August and presented a paper
2010 - Education for sustainable development; Innovations, opportunities and challenges in the
21st century at MMUST and presented a paper
2007 - Attended a retirement authority seminar (RBA)
2007 - Quality Management Systems-Implementation of ISO 9001: 2000
2009: - a ward of certificate on who’s who in the world by Marquis who’s who publication Board.
2000 Seminar - On Partnership in Teacher Education Forum: The Role of Secondary Schools. Held at Maseno University 25th – 26th May, 2000
Certificate of Participation was awarded.
Workshop: Maseno University Strategic Planning Workshop held at Tea Hotel – Kericho on 6th – 8th July 2000.
1995 Conference:16th Biennial National Conference of the African Christian Fellowship, US. Wilmore, Kentucky July 26th – 30th 1995.
Seminar: On Staff Development and Appraisal in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy in the University of Minnesota (5th Feb. 1993)
a) External Examiner
2013: Lucy Achieng’ Ogol; Kenyatta University PhD
Title: Learning conceptions and studying approaches among graphic arts students in technical training institution, in Nairobi, Kenya
2012: Murage Michael Njagi; Kenyatta University PhD
Title: Assessment of E-learning as a course delivery method in public universities in Kenya
2012: Charity M. Umboro; Kenyatta University PhD
Title: Skills Training and labour market requirements: A case of Kenya Institute of Technology
2011: Joseph Gachigua Mungai; Kenyatta University PhD
Title: Headteachers’ role in enhancing guidance and counseling of students on drug abuse in public secondary schools in Nyeri and Mbeere districts.
2011: Kimiti Richard Peter: Kenyatta University PhD
Title: The teaching of intergrated topics on drug abuse in secondary school curriculum in Machakos district, Kenya
2006: Factors associated with Disparities in Performance in Physics and Chemistry at the Kenya
Certificate of Secondary Education in Nandi North District. Master of Education thesis by Inzahuli Samuel Majere of University of Eastern Africa, Baraton.
2006: A need Assessment of Supervisory Practices in Government Secondary Schools in Nairobi
by Anne B.A. Awuor of University of Eastern Africa, Baraton.
2005: An Investigation into Factors Motivating and Demotivating Secondary School Teachers Case of Trans-Nzoia District. Master of Philosophy in Education thesis by Chemwile, Peter of Moi University.
2010: Teachers and students Evaluation of their Head teachers’ selected leadership Qualities
in Meru District, Tanzania: A comparative study by Elias Elisha Mbuti University of Eastern Africa, Baraton
2010: The Challenges Facing the Integration of information communication Technology in
Mathematics and sciences in secondary schools in Vihiga District by Ombajo Misavo Edward. University of Eastern Africa, Baraton
2009: Evaluation of public secondary schools preparedness for safety of learners in Bungoma
West district, Kenya by Simon Nbukevesi. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
2009: Factors affecting adults Education learners’ Recruitment Programme in Kakamega South
District, Kenya By Muthamia Hellen Nitore. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
2008: An Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Education Programme in Public Secondary Schools in
Siaya District by Raphael Odhiambo Ong’unya. Maseno University
Secondary Students’ Perspectives of Environmental Quality in Kenya: A case study of Bungoma. Ph.D. thesis by Toili William Wanjala. Maseno University.
ME.d. Thesis Examined in Maseno University
1. 2009: Management of Free Primary Education Funds by Headteachers in Rachuonyo
District, Kenya by Rodah Adoyo Okoko.
Wastage in Primary Schools in Nandi North District by Abel Moraoa Nyamesa
3. 2008: In efficiency of Education in Primary schools in Kilifi District Kenya by Kithi
4. The Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Education Programmes in Promoting Interventions
Among Youths in Secondary Schools in Vihiga District, Kenya by Malanda Noel Mandela
2006 Provision of Educational /Resources in Early Childhood Development Centres and
its Impact on Enrollment in Busia District by Odhiambo Charles Kyayira.
6. 2007: Career Guidance in Secondary Schools in Kisumu District, Kenya: Implications for the Curriculum by Omondi Anolyce Nyanjom.
7. 2006: Perceptions of Secondary School Students in Kisumu Municipality Regarding Career Aspirations by Caroline Atieno Obura.
8. 2006: Effectiveness of District Mock Examination as a Predictor of Performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination in Kisumu District by Anne Njuguna.
9. 2006: Factors Influencing Repetition and Dropout in Secondary schools in Nandi District by Daniel Kibet Sang’.
10. 2006: Provision of Educational Resources in Early Childhood Development Centres and Its Impact on Enrollment in Busia District, Kenya by Odhiambo Charles Khayira.
11. 2005: The Effect of Cattle Rustling on Education in Marakwet District – Kenya.
Master of Education thesis by Kiprop Cheruiyot Martin.
12. 2005: Trends in Fees charged in Day Secondary Schools and their implications for
students’ participation in Education. Master of Education thesis by Namuye Joshua.
13. 2005: The Effects of Culture on the Education of Girls in Kuria District – Kenya. Master of Education thesis by Onyango Janet Betty.
14. 2005: Trends in Factors affecting Wastage in Primary Education in Siaya District – Kenya. Master of Education thesis by Owiye Duncan Otieno.
15. 2005: Labour Market Experiences of 8-4-4 Graduate Teachers in Kisumu District 1995-1998. Master of Education thesis by Japheth Onyango Manyala
16. 2005: External Efficiency on University Education and Training in Kenyan universities: Graduates’ General job competencies with Special References to Manufacturing Industry in Thika town – Kenya. Master of Education thesis by Thuo Onesmus Muroki.
17. 2004: Gender Distribution of Students from Siaya District into various Degree Programmes in Public Universities in Kenya. Master of Education thesis by Dornela Akomo Orwa.
18. 2003: The Effects of Cost sharing Policy on Secondary School Enrollment in Nyamira District Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Joseph M. Kiage.
19. 2003: Analysis of Flow Trends of Students in Secondary School Education in Funyula Division Busia District – Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Nafula Esther Barasa.
20. 2003: Enrollment in Kenya’s Public Universities B.Ed. Science Programme Necessary to meet the Demand for Teachers in Secondary Schools: A Projection. Master of Education thesis by Mbuthia Euctychus Kariuki.
21. 2003: Gender Factor in Access to and Success in Science and Technology Education and Training in Mombasa Polytechnic, Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Amuka Lorna Muga.
22. 2002: Optimal Utilization of Educational Resources in Secondary Schools: Case study of Kisumu District. A master of Education thesis by Maureen A. Olel.
23. 2002: A study of the Quality Education in Primary Schools in Kisumu Municipality. A master of Education thesis by Akello J. Agwanda.
24. 2002: The Role of Education in Alleviation of Poverty Among the urban Slum Dwellers in Eldoret Municipality of Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Khatete Ibrahim.
25. 2002: The Impact of Cost Sharing on Access, Equity and Quality of Secondary Education Rachuonyo District, Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Gogo Julius Otieno.
26. 2002: Bursary as a method of Financing Secondary School Education in Busia District – Kenya. A master of Education in Busia District – Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Stephen Onyango Odebero.
27. 2002: Nature, Trends and Causes of wastage in Vihiga District – Kenya. A master of Education thesis by Gabriel Juma.
28. Enrollment in Kenya’s Public Universities B.Ed. Science Programme Necessary to meet the Demand for Teachers in Secondary Schools: A Projection by Mbuthia, Euctychus Kariuki.
DISSERTATION AND THESES SUPERVISED
Ph.D Theses Supervised
Management of Student Discipline in Secondary Schools in Kenya – A Case Study of Bungoma District Ph.D. by Mr. E. Simatwa (Graduated)
A Study of Student Control Practices in Kenyan Secondary Schools: A Case Study of Western Province Ph.D. by Mr. G. Choka.(proposal ready)
Makori Peter Masara Ph. D (Proposal at the SGS)
Benard Mwebi Ph.D (Proposal ready for departmental defense)
An Evaluative Assessment of the Quality of Education in Kisumu Municipality Primary Improvement Programme by the Aga Khan Education Services – Kenya by Mr. Wamukuru David Kuria. (Graduated)
Methods of Financing and their Effectiveness in Teaching and Learning of Students by B. M. Simiyu.
Pre-Primary Education and Its Effectiveness in Nyamira District by J. O. Nyambane.
A study of Internal Financing of Primary Education and its implication on Academic ACHIEVEMENTS IN Public Primary Schools Ekerenyo DIVISION NYAMIRA (Kenya) by K. Openda.
Primary School Dropout Association with Tabaka Substone – by Momanyi
Factors that Influence Primary School Dropout by Onditi, Kennedy (Graduated)
Teacher Attrition in Kakamega District by Ahindukho Kizito (Graduated)
Socio Economic Significance of Cost Sharing in Ed. By Kiage, Joseph (Graduated)
Private Sector Contributions to Financing of Education by Mwau, P.
Equity Effects of the Christian Fund for Children and Ageing’s Sponsorship of Primary Children in Tharaka South Division of Tharaka district by Icheria J.M.
Level of Education and Teachers’ lifetime Earnings in Gucha District by Mochama, D.N.
The Effect of Variable Costs on Educational Wastage in Public Primary Schools in Nyamira District by Mwebi Bernard. (Graduated)
Role of the teacher in the Management of Student Discipline in Public Secondary schools in Bondo District Kenya by Peter T. Owino Afullo.(Graduated)
Role of Guidance and Counseling in Promoting Students Discipline in Secondary Schools in Kisumu District, Kenya by Ajowi Odongo Jack.(Graduated)
Prevalence Correlates and Reasons for Drug Use among Maseno University Students by Winga Adhiambo Maureen.(Graduated)
Quality Assurance in Public Secondary Schools: Challenges and opportunities for headteachers in Gucha District by Florence Osiri Mobegi.(Graduated).
The Impact of Wastage in Secondary Education in Homa-Bay District, Kenya by Emma Akeyo Okwaro. (working on the final draft of the thesis).
Contribution of Local Authorities in Financing Pre-School Education in Siaya District – Kenya by Richard J. O. Kodindo.(working on the final draft of the thesis).
Factors Influencing Enrollment in Vocational and Technical Training in Kisii Central District, Kenya by George Osiemo Nyaberi. (waiting to defend the thesis)
The Role of School Administration in Implementation of SMASSE Project in Public Secondary schools in Kilifi District by Onyango Odak Tom. (thesis with the exerminers)
Determining Production Functions for Rural Public Secondary Schools in Kisii District by Omariba James Nyaoga. (Graduated)
Institutional Initiatives in Supplementing the Financing of Secondary school Education in Kisii Central District by Kennedy N. Getange.(Graduated)
Role of Headteachers in Academic Achievement in secondary schools in Vihiga District by Lydia Musungu. (Graduate)
The Role of Peer Counselors in Enhancing Management of Student Discipline in Public Secondary Schools in Kisumu Municipality, Kenya by Berther Kute.(Thesis with examiners)
Elkanah Maroria (Graduated) - 2008
Buitha Manwa Mosomi (Graduated) - 2008
Eliud Nyakundi (Graduated) - 2008
Thomas K. Ngaruiya (Graduated) - 2008
Carolyne Aor Kwedho
Prof. Michael R. Paige, Department of Educational Policy & Administration, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant St. S. E. University of Minnesota, MPLS, MN55455,  626-7456.
Prof. Josef Mestenhauser, Department Educational Policy & Administration, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant St. S. E. University of Minnesota, MN55455,  624-8350.
Prof. Vernon Hendrix, Department of Educational Policy & Administration, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant St. S. E. University of Minnesota, MPLS, MN55455,  624-9001.
Dr Byron J. Schneider, Youth Policy Education Programme, H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave South, MPLS, MN 55455,  624-3844.
Dr Kay Thomas, Office of International Student & Scholar Services, 20 Nicholson Hallm 216 Pillsbury Dr S. E. MPLS, MN 55455  626-7100.
Pastor Thomas O. Ochoge, Executive Secretary Nyamira Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, P. O. Nyamira.
Mr. Peter Bwana, Education Director, East African Union, P.O. Box 42276, Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof. John Agak Maseno University Private Bag Maseno.
Prof. Gravanir, Kenyatta University, Dept. Educational Administration, Planning & Curriculum, P. O. Box 43844 Nairobi.
Prof. Sorobea N. Bogonko, Kisii University College, Faculty of Educational P.O Box 408-40200, Kisii
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