Examining the Financial Management Practices Behind Academic Performance in Chosen Public Primary Schools Within Cueibet County, Gok State, South Sudan

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Uganda Christian University
This study investigates the relationship between financial management practices and academic performance in selected public primary schools within Cueibet County, Gok State South Sudan. Through a comprehensive survey of 156 respondents, representing a 100% response rate, the research examines the impact of financial planning, coordination, and control practices on academic outcomes. The demographic composition of the sample, including gender, education levels, and tenure, is analyzed. Using a Likert scale, the study measures academic performance based on indicators such as passing rates, national examination grades, completion rates, and alignment with national human resource development. Key challenges in academic performance emerge, including poor grades and low completion rates. Analyzing three financial management dimensions planning, coordination, and control through regression techniques, the study finds that financial planning practices significantly influence academic performance, while coordination and control practices exhibit lesser impact. The research highlights disconnects between financial planning and academic goals, misallocation of resources due to poor coordination, and insufficient monitoring and auditing of spending practices. The study underscores the importance of strategic financial planning aligned with academic objectives, efficient resource coordination, and robust financial controls to enhance the academic environment. The findings have implications for administrators, policymakers, and stakeholders aiming to enhance academic outcomes through effective financial management. Further research is recommended to explore additional factors influencing academic performance in this context.