A study of the headteachers and primary mathematics teachers perceptions of the problems of teaching mathematics in Voi division, Taita Taveta district
Maganga, Obadiah Mwanyumba
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The purpose of the research was to investigate headteacher's and primary mathematics teachers' perception of the problems of teaching mathematics in upper primary classes of Voi Division, Taita-Taveta district. Two quesionnaires were used, one for headteachers and the second for teachers of mathematics in Upper primary, seven and eight. Twenty six teachers and Twenty three headteachers responded to the questionnaires, the questions raised, it was envisaged would help focus on the problems and possible solutions that would help in the improvement of teaching mathematics in primary schools. It is to be noted that there are many other factors involved, but the research was limited to the areas touched upon. Teacher Advisory Centres' (TAC) tutors were interviewed. The research revealed that the main problems perceived by headteachers and teachers were: 1. Lack of adequate textbooks 2. Negative attitude of pupils towards the subject. 3. Insufficient inservice programmes. 4. poor language ability i.e. English, the language of instruction. 5. Insufficient time allocated for the teaching of mathenatics. 6. Ill-equipped Teacher Advisory Centres (TACs). rendering them incapable of effectively improving teacher quality.