Factors Causing Unsatisfactory Academic Performance in Secondary Schools in Mainland Tanzania:A Case of Ilala District

Elijah, Judica (2017) Factors Causing Unsatisfactory Academic Performance in Secondary Schools in Mainland Tanzania:A Case of Ilala District. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study was undertaken to assess factors causing unsatisfactory academic performance of students in selected secondary schools in Ilala District, Tanzania. The study was guided by three objectives: to identify home based factors on how they influence poor academic performance, to assess how school based factors influence poor academic preference and to evaluate how policy related factors influence the student academic performance. The study used survey design, where the data were collected by using questionnaire and complemented by interviews, observation and documents. The findings revealed that unsatisfactory students’ academic performances were caused by poor parental involvement in students’ academic issues, family income and parent education level. This is because parents fail to supervise their children at home concerning homework and other assignment from school, also due to low income of the family students fail to get the school requirement such as text books, uniforms, bus fare and pocket money. Further, the results showed that lack of teaching and learning materials, inadequate number of teachers, unavailability of laboratory rooms and equipment, poor library facilities and non-provision of meals to students led to the poor academic performance in secondary schools in Ilala district. Finally, the results indicated that policy and circular such as education for free, non-screening of students at various levels, promotion policy, inadequate incentives to teachers, poor practice of guidance and counseling in schools; were causing unsatisfactory academic performance in secondary schools in Ilala district. Recommendations to improve students’ academic performance in the selected schools in Ilala district were attached.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 11:37
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 13:31
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1959

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