Factors Influencing Academic Performance Of Standard Eight Girls In National Examinations In Public Primary Schools: A Case Of Matungu Division.
Oparanya Wamukoya Windrick, Kisiangani Benson Walela, Okiiya Andrew Sande
Index term: Academic, Performance, National examination and primary school
ABSTARCT: This study is designed to establish the factors influencing academic of standard eight girls in public primary schools in National exams in Matungu division. The researcher aimed at finding out why there is increased low performance of girls in public schools despite the fact that they are assessed through periodic performance tests, do continuous assessment tests (CATS), midterm, carry out tuition and the provision of free primary education which is aimed at improving academic performance. This study adapted a descriptive survey design as a major method of research where data was collected by the researcher members of a population under study. The target population comprised of Head teachers, teachers, pupils, parents and parent schools representatives. Purposive sampling and simple random technique were used. Data was collected by use of questionnaires and interview guides. Data was analyzed by use of descriptive statistics constituting frequencies and percentages.The study established that girls were exposed to harsh school environmental conditions, they walked long distances to school, schools lacked facilities like toilets, libraries and were exposed to male pest teachers. There were also teacher factors like training, teacher shortage and motivation that affected girl’s performance.The study came up with recommendations for improvement of girl’s academic performance. More public schools should be build to reduce on distance and also overpopulation. The ministry of Education should monitor and evaluate the academic performance of girls in rural areas. The government should put up strict rules on “pest teachers”. The ministry should hire more teachers.
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