Contribution of constituency development fund to students' access to secondary school education in Githunguri, Kiambu County, Kenya.
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Educational access is the ability to provide all students with appropriate educational institutions, materials and personnel. All students must have access to and complete a full course of schooling and eliminate social and economic barriers and gender disparity. This creates the need to expand schools, establish new schools and provide bursaries to increase enrolments and improve transition, retention and completion rates. The purpose of this study will be to establish the influence of COF on access to secondary education in Githunguri Sub-County. The Objectives of the study will include: to examine the effects of expansion of schools through the COF on students 'access to secondary school education; to determine the effects of establishment of secondary schools through COF on students' enrolment to secondary education; to establish how the provision of bursaries through the COF affects the transition rates in secondary education; to examine how the provision of bursaries to students through the COF affects completion rates in secondary education; and to seek ways for which COF should be properly managed to increase the sustainability of the school projects funded by COF. This study will use descriptive survey design to determine the relationship between the independent and dependent variables in a population. The target population for the study will be all the thirtythree (33) secondary schools in Githunguri Sub-County. The targeted respondents will be all the 33 principals, 345 teachers and 3,0] 5 students in secondary schools in Githunguri Sub-County. Because of the big population, only 20 schools will be randomly sampled. Purposive sampling will be used to select a proportional number of all categories of schools; 8 mixed, 7 boys' and 5 girls' schools will be selected. For this study purposive sampling will be used to sample class teachers and students in forms three and four. The principal, all the class teachers, 8 students in form four and 8 students in form three from each school will participate in the study translating to 20 principals, 40 teachers and 320 students. This gives a sample size of 380 respondents. Questionnaires which consist of both open and closed ended questions will be used to get the required information from the teachers and students. Interview schedules will be also administered to the principals. A pilot study will be carried out in a school in the neighbouring district whereby the research instrument will be administered twice with a one week lapse between the first and second tests. The results of the two tests will be compared and a correlation coefficient computed using the Pearson product moment of correlation. Quantitative data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics such as measures of central tendency including the mean, the median and the mode occurrence of the different variables with the aid of SPSS. Qualitative data will be arranged thematically and discussed. The data will be then presented through tabular representations of frequency tables for each variable, calculation of fractions and percentage of each variable. Graphical methods will be used to show frequency distributions by using bar graphs, pie-charts and histograms.