Principals’ administrative functions in secondary schools are becoming increasingly difficult in terms of decision-making on issues concerning the school progress. Information Communication Technology (ICT) has been recognized to be a very powerful tool for effective decision-making. The study examined Information Communication Technology (ICT) and principals’ decision-making effectiveness in public secondary schools in Ondo State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted. Three research questions were raised, and one hypothesis was formulated to guide the study. Respondents comprised 90 principals from the public secondary schools that were randomly sampled. Data were collected using “Information Communication Technology and Principals’ Decision Making Questionnaire” (ICTPDMQ). Research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation while hypothesis was tested using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation at an alpha level of 0.05. Results revealed that most principals have adequate access to mobile phones and computer machine as these devices reflected high mean scores above 2.50 cutoff points respectively. However, ICT applications for decision-making such as Electronic mail, Yahoo messenger, Electronic board, Telegram, Fax messages, Video conferencing, Conference calls, and twitter have not been adequately used by the principals. Principals have been effective in taking decisions quickly as problems associated with distance and delay of decision-making have drastically reduced to a minimal level. Result further showed that there is no significant
relationship between the use of various ICT applications by the principals and their decision making [r (88) = 0.187; p>0.05]. Based on the findings, it was concluded that ICT remains an effective tool for decision making. However, principals should be given more training opportunities to improve their ICT skills in using different applications for decision-making as this will increase the school overall effectiveness.
Keywords: Principals’ decision making, ICT devices, ICT applications