Insight and examination performance among secondary school students in Kimilili Sub-county Bungoma County
Wawire, Joseph Wechuli
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The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between insight and students academic performance in public secondary schools in Bungoma County. The specific objectives of the study were: to investigate the existence and strength of association between insight and students academic performance. Correlation design was used for the study and data was collected using an insight test and merit mark lists. The sample population comprised of one thousand eight hundred and eighty form four students in the sub-county in the year two thousand and nine. Kimilili sub- county is found in Bungoma county. It comprises of a population of about ten thousand two hundred and fifty one inhabitants. The main economic activity is farming. The division boasts of one of the best performing schools in the country, Friends School Kamusinga. Other secondary schools include Moi Girls' High School Kamusinga, Kimilili Boys' High school, Maeni Girls' secondary school, St. Theresa's Girls' Secondary School and others. Though Kamusinga has for many years shown exemplary performance in national examinations, many schools within the sub-county still post dismal results in examinations especially national examinations. The study sample comprised of one hundred and eighty students drawn from ten of the twenty one public secondary schools within the division. The schools were stratified into girls only (seven), boys only (three) and mixed (eleven).Random point sampling was then used to select the various schools from which students took part in the study. Ninety students were drawn from five mixed schools, seventy two from four girls only schools and eighteen from one boys only school. The study was guided by the constructivist theory of learning and gestalt theory. A Pearson product moment correlation coefficient of 0.88 was obtained. An actual academic score was found to fall within the band of ± 5.13 from a predicted score in about 95 of 100 predictions.