Factors influencing performance in Kenya certificate of secondary education: a case of Homa bay District, Kenya
Otieno, Elijah Nyabala
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The purpose of this study was to identify factors that influence performance in KCSE in Homa Bay District, Nyanza Province in sampled secondary schools. The study was prompted by claims from parents, members of the public and other beneficiaries of education that Homa Bay District KCSE results are not helping candidates to compete favourably with those from other districts for the few job opportunities. Many schools do not produce students for higher education; especially university education. It is for this reason that the study focused on the factors influencing performance in KCSE. The study was carried out in the form of a simple descriptive survey. Sampling was done through stratified random sampling method. A sample of ten(10) secondary schools (mixed, boys and girls), fifty(50) subject teachers, ten (10) headteachers, eight (8) school BoG and PTA chairmen (persons) and four (4) education officers (including inspectors). To the headteachers and subject teachers, questionnaires were administered by the researcher. Interview guides were used for school BoG, PTA chairmen(persons), Education Officers and inspectors. Observation schedule was used to verify gathered information. The responses to items were tabulated and data organized through frequency tables, percentages based on research questions were used to generate conclusions and recommendations. Some of the recommendations included emphasis on retraining, inservice, workshops and seminars for all teachers; effective supervision by headteachers and inspectors as well as provision of effective guidance and counseling units in all schools to advise students on problems that interfere with their performance.