Implementation of Public Pre-School Education in Rural Areas: A Case of Mbeya District, Tanzania

Mgata, Martha William (2017) Implementation of Public Pre-School Education in Rural Areas: A Case of Mbeya District, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study assessed the implementation of public preschool education in rural areas, with special reference to Mbeya District, Tanzania. The objectives of the study were; to find out the effectiveness of implementing the public preschool education within Mbeya rural District; to assess the enrollment rate for preschool in the past four years compared to Mbeya City; to examine the general public awareness on the importance of preschool education and to suggest the recommendations to improve the public preschool services in providing quality education. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches. It was a case of 158 primary schools in Mbeya District. The sample size involved 200 respondents, which included districts education officers, districts academic officers, ward education councilors, head teachers, prominent persons, village chairpersons, teachers, pupils and parents. They were selected through stratified simple random, systematic and purposive sampling techniques. Primary data were mainly collected through questionnaires and interview method while secondary data was collected through documentary review. Parents of children attending preschools in Mbeya District participated in a survey by filling through questionnaires given to them. The results of the survey reveal that the status and learning environment of the preschools are poor. The preschool cannot maintain the required standards due to poor support from education stakeholders. A monthly fund from the Government to school is not enough to cover the expenses of primary and preschools. The community would like to see the improvement of teaching and learning environment of preschools present in Mbeya District. The introduction of preschools within primary schools aimed on preparing children for primary education.

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: 08 Oct 2018 08:22
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 08:22
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2160

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