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generated 5 random numbers by picking without looking at the list to obtain 5 teachers in each sampled school above. This would make a total of 50 teachers. 2 HODs and 2 Principals were, in addition, also randomly selected from the 10 sampled schools above using the list of HODs provided by the Principals . Furthermore, 2 TSC County Officials were included in the study‘s sample; with, the T.S.C Deputy-County Director been purposively selected whereas the sub-County Director been randomly selected from a list of 6 sub-County Director. Given the time and resources the researcher did not require including more than six key informants. The researcher only needed 2 HODs, 2 TSC officials and 2 Principals to be included as the key informants. In selecting the Principals, the researcher assigned the 10 sampled schools above numbers and used simple random sampling to pick 2 schools. After which 2 Principals from the 2 picked schools were included in the sample. Principals were easy to select because a school has only one Principal.
29 3.4 Site and Case Selection 3.4.1 Study Site The country Kenya was ideal for this research because TSC had rolled out the appraisal and it is being implemented by most schools in Kenya. The study was done in Nyeri County located in what was formerly known as Central province of Kenya. It is located in the central region of Kenya and the largest town in the county is Nyeri. The county has six sub- constituencies. Which include Tetu, Kieni, Mathira, Othaya, Mukurweini and Nyeri town. According to the Ministry of Education Statistical booklet of 2014, Nyeri County has 212 public secondary schools. The schools have been classified according to the Government classification of schools namely; national, extra county, county and sub county schools. 2501 teachers are employed by the TSC and work in these schools. One factor influenced the researcher ‘s choice of the county. Nyeri County was one of the six counties in which a pilot study of the ongoing appraisal was conducted from 2013 to 2015 hence ideal in determining the responses towards the appraisal. 3.4.2 Data collection Strategy This section discusses in detail the strategies deployed in this study to ensure a successful data collection exercise. Discussions in this section focus on data required to answer the specific questions, their sources and means of collection. 3.4.3 Information required addressing specific questions The process of data collection started with identification of required information to address specific research question. Specific research question one: What is the nature of the current appraisal system? Addressing this question required identification of the features and characteristics of an appraisal. The key issues the study focused on included the frequency at which the appraisal was conducted, the person conducting the appraisal, how the appraisal process was conducted along with key aspects appraised.
30 Specific research question two: What is the t eacher’s understanding of the purpose of an appraisal?

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