Assessment of Cultural Practices in Students Drop out in Tanzania Secondary School: Case of Kisarawe District

Mashauri, Stephen David (2017) Assessment of Cultural Practices in Students Drop out in Tanzania Secondary School: Case of Kisarawe District. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study investigated the contribution of cultural values on students’ drop out in secondary schools in Kisarawe District, Tanzania. The study adopted mainly qualitative research design with simple frequencies and percentages. Convenience and judgmental sampling were used to obtain 204 respondents targeted in this study. Data were analyzed using content analysis and descriptive statistics. Majority of the respondents (54.1 per cent) viewed the extent of drop out problem at the district as very high. Majority of the respondents viewed poor class performance, low parents awareness on the importance of education, and provision of child care facilities, as among the common and general causes of students drop out in the area. Majority of the respondents agreed that pregnancy, childhood marriage, initiation ceremonies, and puberty as among the socio-cultural related factors which contribute to students drop out in the area. Various ways can be used to reduce and eliminate drop out problem due to cultural factors including avoiding outdated traditions like women circumcision and educating parents on the importance of education for their children. Both cultural and non cultural related factors lead to drop out problem. Various recommendation are given including having outreach efforts which consider targeting women who were married before age 18 as potentially in need of assistance. Parents should be convicted for accepting their children who drop out of school. Village by-laws about dropout have to be introduced to ensure that pupils who are out of school have legal actions taken against them.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 400 Language > 490 Other languages
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 17:03
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 17:03
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2116

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