An Assessment of Girls’ Dropout in in Dar es Salaam Secondary Schools: Perceptions and Experiences of Stakeholders

Shaweji, Titty Nasser (2017) An Assessment of Girls’ Dropout in in Dar es Salaam Secondary Schools: Perceptions and Experiences of Stakeholders. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This study was designed to examine perceptions and experiences of stakeholders regarding drop out of girls in secondary schools in Dar es Salaam region. Specifically, the study focused on four objectives including to assess stakeholders’ conception of girls’ drop out, to examine socio-economic factors influencing girls’ dropout, to assess the challenges facing stakeholders such as parents, teachers and Government on address girls’ dropout in secondary schools, and to find out ways to improve girl’s attendance in schools. The study involved 99 participants including head teachers, students, parents and district education officers - DEOs. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered using unstructured interviews, documentary review, and questionnaire methods. Data analysis involved thematic and descriptive analysis. SPSS -statistical software and Microsoft Excel program me facilitated the analysis especially of qualitative data. The findings revealed factors which lead to student’s dropout from school and they include lack of awareness on education matters among families, parents’ low income, cultural aspects of early marriages, divorce, polygamy, lack of family planning, negative attitudes towards education for girls, and parents’ deaths. The study concluded that stakeholders perceive the concept of girls’ dropout in different ways, these perception differ from place to place. Literature revealed that dropout is mostly common in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has also been revealed that teachers’ perception towards girls’ education accelerate girls’ dropout.

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: 30 Sep 2018 08:23
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2018 08:23

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