Assessment of Factors Behind Dropouts in Secondary School in Tanzania: A case study of Meru District in Tanzania

Mosha, Dayness Samwel (2014) Assessment of Factors Behind Dropouts in Secondary School in Tanzania: A case study of Meru District in Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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The main objective of this study was to examine factors behind dropouts in secondary schools. The study was conducted at Meru District Council in Tanzania. The study was mainly qualitative and partly quantitative which used questionnaires and interviews as well as documentary review for data collection. A total of 177 respondents were involved in the study. This included 70 students from selected schools, 70 parents and guardians, 36 teachers and 1 District Education Officer (secondary). The study revealed that there are several factors which contribute to dropout in secondary schools in Meru district council. These include early pregnancy, long distance to school, peer pressure, disability, unfriendly environment, sexual harassment, poor performance and petty trade. In addition, lack of enough classrooms, shortage of qualified teachers, lack of teaching and learning materials, absence of food/ lunch in schools and re- integrating young mothers also contribute to dropout in schools. It was found that dropping out increase poverty, illiteracy, crimes and early pregnancies. From the findings of the study, it is recommended that students should commit themselves in their studies and avoid dangerous activities. Teachers should emphasize on the importance of students being educated, parents and guardians should maintain good contact with schools management so as to know students’ academic development and the government should improve learning environment and provide education which is suitable in terms of quality.

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: 28 Dec 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2015 11:28

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