Impact of School Management factors on Academic Achievement of Primary School Pupils in Kenya

Impact of School Management factors on Academic Achievement of Primary School Pupils in Kenya

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Impact of School Management factors on Academic Achievement of Primary School Pupils in Kenya

Since the introduction of Free Primary Education in the year 2003 there has been a steady growth in enrolment in primary schools in Kenya. This in turn has raised concerns about the quality of education especially with respect to equity, access, relevance, and efficiency of primary education. This study sought to investigate school management factors that are likely to impact on achievement, pupil achievement in Numeracy and Literacy tests was used as an indicator of quality. The study utilized a stratified random sample of 328 schools from 156 districts in Kenya’,s 8 provinces. The schools’, head teachers were selected purposefully whilepupils were sampled at random. Data was collected using questionnaires and an observation schedule and two standardized achievement tests. While the study outcomeshowed that the education system was moving in the right pace and direction toward the attainment of the Education for All (EFA) goals, some deficiencies in achievement testscores, learning facilities, and human resource factors were observed. From these findings, recommendations on ways of improve quality of primary education in Kenya ,were formulated.

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