PRINCIPALS’ MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES AND COVID19 LOCKDOWN ENHANCED INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL LITERACY AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN BAYELSA STATE
Keywords:COVID-19, Lockdown-Enhanced, Innovation, Principal, Managarial, Competencies, Digital Literacy
The study examined the relationship between principals’ managerial competencies and covid-19 enhanced-innovations for a stainable digital literacy among secondary school students in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. A correlational design was adopted for the study. Three research questions and one hypothesis respectively, were formulated to guide the study. The population was all principals and teachers in the 192-government owned secondary schools in the state. A sample of 400 respondents comprising of principals and teachers was used in the study. The instrument for data collection were “Principals’ Managerial Competencies Scale (PMCS)” and “COVID-19 Lockdown-Enhanced Innovations Scale (CLIS)” developed by the researchers and validated by experts. The reliability of the instrument was established using Cronbach Alpha formula and a reliability value of 0.89 was obtained. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation and the hypothesis was tested using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. The findings revealed that, improved ICT skills, digital awareness, and utilization of ICT aided management strategies are major covid-19 lockdown-enhanced innovations in secondary schools in Bayelsa state. Also, principals’ managerial competencies have a significant relationship with COVID-19 lockdown-enhanced innovations for sustainable digital literacy among students in secondary schools in Bayelsa state. It was recommended that the Government and other stakeholders should continue to provide the needed platform to sustain the lockdown-enhanced innovations.