A study of factors affecting performance in K.C.P.E in Egoji division of Meru central district in eastern province
Thuranira, Simon Taaliu
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The performance of KCPE in Egoji Division has been declining over the years especially the last three years. This study was aimed at studying factors that affect performance in KCPE in the Division and to achieve this the AEO was given a questionnaire of fourteen questionnaire of ten questions each was administered to five zone inspectors: out of the five questionnaires given to the zonal inspectors four were received back. A third questionnaire of twelve questions was taken to five head teachers of five randomly picked primary schools. Finally a questionnaire of eight questions was taken to ten classes eight class masters and mistresses of ten schools. The questionnaires to the headteachers and the classmates was structured in such a way to enable the respondents to bring to the attention of the researcher the problems teachers face in preparing the pupils for their standard eight final exam. The main factors that were found to affect performance in KCPE in Egoji division were: 1) Poor remuneration of teachers by the government 2) Transfers being affected at the middle of the term 3) Supervision and inspection being inadequate. 4) Understaffing of some schools 5) Lack of learning and teaching material 6) Lack of motivation on the side of the learners 7) Lack of enough support from the local community especially the pupil's parents. The main conclusions were: 1) There is inadequate school inspection provision of learning materials and visual aids in the district. 2) Parents - teachers associations and school committees are not always affective in discharging their educational, moral and materials support to schools. 3) Parents do not regularly visit schools to learn about their children unless the latter are in serious problems such as expulsion. 4) There are in sufficient learning materials, visual aids and physical facilities, including furniture, in schools throughout the division. 5) Teachers do not always show full devotion and education to their work, they lack motivation and incentives. 6) Schools are not always within easy reach operation by teachers, parents and pupils. 7) Kenya institute of education has not adequately supplied learning materials for practical work. 8) The deployment of diploma art teachers to primary schools from secondary schools has demoralized them and hence contributed to low performance in the division.