Impact of resource, utilization on the performance of physics in KCSE in public secondary schools in Ugunja/Ugenya Districts, Kenya
Okoth, Benedict Konyango
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The tenet of this study was that despite the critical role of physics in promoting scientific and technological development, students' performance in this subject was quite dismal. Factors leading to this dismal performance had not been adequately investigated and well - understood, hence hindering development of science education in the country. To this end ,the purpose of this study was to determine factors influencing students' performance in physics at KCSE level in selected secondary schools in UgunjalUgenya District. The study sampled schools using criteria of boarding, day and mixed status. All provincial schools in the districts were selected and then the six mixed secondary schools were randomly sampled from twenty mixed schools. From the sampled schools at most twenty students were selected from each form four class but where the candidature was fewer than twenty there was saturated sampling and only one physics teacher per school. Data was collected using questionnaires for students and teachers, and interview schedule for principals. Data collected was analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The frequency and percentages tables, and graphs. The results collected were fed into the computer and analysed using SPSS. The tables were analysed, recorded and conclusions as well as recommendations were made. The suggestions for further research were made. The study was meant to determine strategies in improving performance in physics. The significance of the possible findings would provide information to policy makers and relevant stakeholders on the need to avail resources for improvement of performance in physics and the findings of the study would contribute to the improvement on the use of resources to enhance good performance in physics.
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