The novice primary school principal "Are you managing".
This study examines managerial challenges of Novice Primary School Principals and their coping strategies in the face of these demands. In the absence of comparative studies it can be concluded that there are gaps and silences in the literature. A comprehensive questionnaire to novice primary school principals was the main source of data complemented by a detailed case study and a semi-structured interview with the superintendent of education. An analysis of the findings suggest that the Novice Primary School Principals are under considerable pressure from various quarters. The results are not conclusive whether these beginning incumbents are discharging their managerial responsibilities adequately. Coping strategies employed by these Novice Primary School Principals appear routine. The recommendation made in the study will initiate further investigations into the Novice Primary School Principal. It is possible that quality and excellence will be compromised in the primary schools unless "novice or beginning" managers are adequately prepared and provided with comprehensive on-going support.