The Influence of Teachers ’ Availability on Students Academic Performance in Government Schools

Mauya, Justina George (2017) The Influence of Teachers ’ Availability on Students Academic Performance in Government Schools. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study examined the influence of teachers’ availability on students’ academic performance in Temeke municipality. Specifically, the study sought to assess the trends and patterns of teachers’ allocation in public secondary schools, explore criteria used by district education officers to allocate teachers in working stations, assessing the extent to which teachers allocation rate influence students’ academic performance in public secondary schools and finding out the extent to which students’ academic performance varies with teachers’ professional development qualification. A sample of 298 respondents in categories of 4 heads of schools, 24 biology subject teachers, 30 geography subject teachers and 240 students was selected. The study used mixed method approach informed with the crossectional design. Documentary review, observation checklist and semi-structured interview guides and questionnaire were used to collect data. The study findings revealed that while in 2013 about 27 geography teachers were allocated in Temeke municipality only 5 biology teachers were allocated. In2014 thenumber of geography teachers increased to 31 where as thenumber of biology teachers increased to 6 in 2014. Also the study revealed that though biology subject teachers did not use a combination of teaching learning activities to bring about meaningful learning, they did not exploit them to the full. Instead, they concentrated on lecture activities as this was probably one way of handling large classes contrary to geography subject teachers who used the participatory method. Teacher-students interaction in biology subject was therefore minimal during instruction in classes where lecture activity was mostly used. The study revealed that students’ academic performance varied with teachers’ professional qualification, working experience and professional development. The study recommended that there is a need of increase of biology teachers in ward secondary schools.

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: 03 Oct 2018 16:12
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 16:12
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2039

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