International Journal of Education and Psychological Research

(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)

Print - ISSN: 2349 - 0853
e - ISSN: 2279 - 0179


(December 2015)

Intercessory Personal Attributes of Traditional Leaders in Handling Conflicts: Influence on Zimbabwe School Education.

Authors: [1] Retias Kubuma Makado [2] Dr S. Srinkanta Swamy [3] Prof. Leonorah Tendayi Nyaruwata

Pages: 124-128


The study was undertaken to establish essential personal intercessory attributes of traditional leaders in Zimbabwe in handling conflicts and their influence on Zimbabwe School Education. The Descriptive Survey Design was employed. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative approaches in data collection. The five point Likert scale type of tool was used. Respondents were asked to rate the personal attributes listed against the scale. The tool had an open ended section where respondents would add any attributes which they thought had been omitted in the questionnaire. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyse data. Any personal data which had a mean rating of 4.00-5.00 was considered important. The study revealed that the traditional leaders in Zimbabwe possessed a diverse range of personal attributes in handling conflicts. The personal attributes included those in the cognitive domain, those associated with morality,attributes aligned to deportment, ethical personal qualities, intrinsic virtues and social attributes.With respect to influence on school education, the more the traditional leader became supportive to school programs, especially during conflicts, themore wasthe positive influence he or she had on school education. It was also observed that those traditional leaders who were more educated tended to play a positive role on school education. It was thus, recommended that there was need to train traditional leaders in matters of conflict handling to empower them to handle conflict matters which involved members of their community from diversified backgrounds.