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The study examined the relationship between remuneration and staff retention. Specifically, it sought to examine the relationship between monthly salary, allowances and staff fringe benefits and staff retention in private secondary schools in Mbale Municipality. A cross-sectional survey design was adopted with both quantitative and qualitative approaches. A target population of 400 and a sample size of 216 with 190 teachers, 13 head teachers and 13 school proprietors selected through stratified proportionate random sampling (teachers) and census inquiry (head teachers and school proprietors) techniques were used. Data was collected through a closed-ended questionnaire and interview guide and analysed using descriptive statistics in terms of frequencies and percentages and Pearson product-moment correlation analysis. Qualitative data was analysed through thematic and content analysis. The study revealed a strong positive significant relationship between monthly salary and staff retention (r = .540, n = 190, p < 0.05), allowances and staff retention (r = .579, n=190, p < 0.05) and staff fringe benefits and staff retention (r =.540, n=190, p < 0.05). All the three null hypotheses were rejected. It is being concluded that a strong perception of remuneration is directly related to staff retention as staff believe in being remunerated to work and after work. The study recommends that teachers’ salaries be paid timely, school authorities should develop a sound policy mechanism on allowances and they should cater for medical bills, and advocate for NSSF benefits and accommodation to improve on retention of their staff.


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Issa, W., & Bisaso, S. (2020). Remuneration and Staff Retention in Private Secondary Schools in Mbale Municipality, Uganda. Interdisciplinary Journal of Education, 3(1), 78–93.


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