Factors influencing Participation Rates in Public Primary Schools in Rangwe Division of Homa-Bay District , Kenya.

Citation:
Wanjala G, Onyango MA. "Factors influencing Participation Rates in Public Primary Schools in Rangwe Division of Homa-Bay District , Kenya." THE FOUNTAIN , Journal of Educational Research. 2010;iv(1):104-128.

Abstract:

According to the Education Sector Report (2007 : 12) the primary school completion rate (PCR) has grown from 52.5% in 2001 to 67.4% in 2005. The primary net enrollment rate (NER) similarly increased from 82.1% in 2004 to 83.2% in 2005. This is a clear indicator that nationally , Kenya is yet to achieve full participation rates because there are gaps between NER and PCR worth assessing. This paper discusses a research study whose purpose was to unearth the factors influencing participation rates in public primary schools in Rangwe Division of Homa-Bay District in Kenya. Using a descriptive survey research design , in which data were collected and analyzed from 20 head-teachers , 20 class teachers and 100 pupils by means of questionnaires , interviews and direct observation; it was established that provincial differences in terms of poverty index , persistent drought , insecurity , cultural and religious beliefs , have a bearing on primary schooling , hence creating complexity in achieving 100% primary school participation rates by province , district or division. It was also observed that processes undertaken by school adminstrators and QASO officials in ensuring that teaching and learning is provided according to required standards played a major role in influencing participation rates in public primary schools in Rangwe Division.

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