Parents' Perception on Use of Mother Tongue as a Medium of Instruction in Primary Schools in Masaba South Sub-County, Kenya
Mogire, Makori Jared
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The purpose of this study was to investigate parents' perception on the use of mother tongue as a way of instruction in primary schools in Masaba South Sub-county. Descriptive survey design was used where data was acquired from lower primary class parents. A questionnaire was used to gather data from parents. Pilot study was carried out in two schools. Descriptive statistics concerning frequencies, means and percentages were calculated. Findings of the study showed that majority 129(50.6%) of parents were female while 126(49.4%) of parents were male. This shows that there were more female parents than male parents in the schools. Findings further shows that 33( 12.9%) of parents showed that their children used mother tongue as a language of instruction in lower primary quite often, 90(35.3%) of parents showed often, 99(38.8%) of parents indicated that children seldom used mother tongue as a language of learning in lower primary while 33( 12.9%) of parents indicated that children never used mother tongue as a language of teaching in lower primary. Majority 132(51.8%) of parents indicated that their children used Kiswahili as a medium of leaning in schools. Findings shows 102(40.0%) of parents differed that children should use their first language often when they are learning. Majority 138(54.1 %) of parents conferred that children taught using mother tongue arc able to comprehend ideas better. 120(47.1 %) of parents intensely agreed that schools should be encouraged to teach u ing first language while majority 149(58.4%) of parents disagreed that children trained using mother tongue in lower classes accomplish better than those taught using other dialects like English or Kiswahili. Findings show that from private schools, parents had a mean of 1.61likened to a mean of 2.52 from public schools on their insight that lower primary children should be taught in mother tongue. Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that children used first language as a language of learning in lower primary classes quite often. It was also concluded that first language is the key to effective learning and that if good language is used in instruction, children will learn with little or less difficulties. The study concluded that parents disagreed that children should use their first language often when they arc learning. Based on the findings of the study, the study recommended that since the child studies best in its first language, parents should highlight the use of mother tongue plus alien language (English) as a main medium of teaching in our schools. Environmental teaching to be prearranged to match children enlightened needs, welfares, abilities and learning skills. The study recommended that since the study was taken in one region, there is need to carry out a similar study in another area so as to liken the findings.