Determinants of Poor Academic Performance in Community Secondary Schools in Tanzania: A Case Study of Kinondoni Municipality

Wilson, Sifuni (2013) Determinants of Poor Academic Performance in Community Secondary Schools in Tanzania: A Case Study of Kinondoni Municipality. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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The purpose of this study was to assess the determinants of poor academic performance in community secondary schools in Tanzania. Four research objectives were addressed namely; the analysis of the methods used by teachers to impart knowledge and skills in community secondary schools; the influence of school factors on students’ academic performance; investigation of the challenges facing the students ; and finally to find out the extent to which these challenges affect students’ academic performance. A descriptive survey design was used for data collection and analysis. The population for study involved students, teachers, and headmasters/headmistress in community secondary schools in Kinondoni Municipality, parents, school inspectors and District Education Officer.71 respondents were purposively selected while questionnaire and interview methods were used for collecting data. Qualitative data analysis method (QDA) was used for analysing the data collected. The findings revealed that the choice and use of some methods of teaching had a negative impact on the teaching and learning. Community schools are face with challenges such as the lack of fencing, the use of a double shift system and the lack of science teachers as well as the lack of teaching and learning resources. In addition, the access to internet, students and teachers rates of classroom attendance and overcrowded in the classroom affect negatively student academic performance. It was recommended that schools should fence to improve security, and avoid unnecessary interferences. The government must ensure that resources are available.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 09:40
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 09:40

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