An Assessment of Factors Influencing Female Students’ Dropout in Secondary Schools in North “A” District, Zanzibar.

Vuai, Machano Ali (2020) An Assessment of Factors Influencing Female Students’ Dropout in Secondary Schools in North “A” District, Zanzibar. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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The study was conducted in North “A” district, Zanzibar and guided by four objectives, which were to: determine the effects of home environment, school environment, socio-cultural factors on female students’ dropout from secondary schools and; establish the strategies of improving the retention rate of girls in secondary schools. The participation-connection and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theories informed the study. The study employed a descriptive survey research design which involved 131 respondents. Data were collected using questionnaire and interview. Data were analysed using content analysis; and descriptively by using frequencies and percentages. Findings indicated that home related factors such as domestic responsibility, lack financial support from parents and distance from home to school influenced girls to dropout from school. Also, school related factors such as physical environment, teacher-student relationships, and the nature of the school curriculum influenced girls students to dropout from school. Furthermore, socio� cultural practices such as early marriage, pregnancy and parents’ lack of interest in girls’ education were found to influence girls to dropout from school. Based on the findings, it was recommended that educational stakeholders should work together to educate parents and community members on the importance of girls’ education; and improve both school social and physical infrastructure in order to make schools attractive environments for learning. Keywords: Girls’ Dropout; Home Environment; School Environment; Social-Cultural Practice; Retention Rates.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Mugisha Kafuma
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2021 16:05
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2021 16:05

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