Analysis of the effect of teacher motivation on KCSE performance: a case of Masimba Division, Masaba South District, Kenya
Onyambu, Cosmas Ayaka
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The perennial poor performance in K.C.S.E examinations has always been blamed on, among other factors, low levels of motivation among teachers, who are accused of neglecting their students, being lazy at work and general lacking in zeal. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the extent of the relationship between teachers‟ level of motivation and their students‟ performance in K.C.S.E examinations in Masimba Division of Masaba South District. The study‟s objectives were to: determine the level of teachers‟ motivation in secondary schools in Masimba Division and determine the relationship between teachers‟ level of motivation and the performance of students in K.C.S.E. The researcher adopted Hertzberg, et al (1959) Two Factor theory of motivation to relate employee motivation to hygiene and motivating factors. The researcher adopted the survey research design. The population of this study was 200 secondary school teachers in 20 secondary schools in Masimba Division of Masaba South District. The researcher selected 80 teachers, representing 40% of the total population, using the stratified sampling technique. Data was collected using the Teachers Motivation Questionnaire which sought to collect information on teachers‟ job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction through Likert scale items. The instrument‟s content validity was tested through expert judgment while a pilot study was conducted to test its reliability, yielding a coefficient of 0.78. Data analysis consisted of the use of descriptive statistics to present percentages on teacher motivation and its influence on students‟ academic performance. The findings from this study will be significant in creating insights for school managers on how to motivate the teachers who work under them.