A study of in school factors' contribution to primary school girls' drop out in Rumuruti Division, Laikipia District Kenya
Muchemi, Lydiah Njoki
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The purpose of the study was to investigate the extent of in-school factors contribution to girls' drop out. Research findings have shown that, upper primary schoolgirls drop out of school more than any other school going children. Factors contributing to this situation are in and out of school. The current study looked at the extent of in-school factors contribution to girls drop out. Specifically the study tried to answer the following research questions: -To what extent does inadequate classroom space contribute to girls' drop out? -To what extent does inadequate number of toilets contribute to girls' drop out? -To what extent do inadequate number of textbooks and desks contribute to girls' drop out? -To what extent do negative teachers' views on girls' education contribute to girls' drop out? -To what extent do teachers' and girls' social relationships contribute to girls' drop out? The population of the study was primary schoolgirls in Laikipia District.The study sample comprised of 143 class 7 and 8 girls from 10 primary schools in Rumuruti Division, Laikipia District. 20 teachers males and females took part. 10 primary school dropouts within the same locality also took part. Three instruments were used to collect data, a questionnaire for the pupils and another one for the teachers. An interview schedule was used for the school dropouts. The researcher administered both questionnaires and the interview. A pilot study was conducted in order to revalidate and revise the research instruments. The researcher collected data through the two questionnaires and the interview schedule. Data in this study was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively where applicable. Qualitative data was processed through categorization of data and content analysis. Computer analyses for relevant quantitative data utilized Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS). Chi-square tests and cross tabulation were also used where necessary, specifically, descriptive statistics involving frequencies, percentages, and means were used. The study came to a conclusion that for girls learning to be enhanced in the semi-arid areas, school facilities should be provided in all schools. Teachers have to be sensitized on gender streamlining of the teachers were socialized by the society to look down at girls as people who could not perform well in school, hence the importance of gender training to teachers in order for them to be sensitive in order to be able to positively reinforce the girls to perform in academics. Most to girl issues.