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    The effects of discipline on students after the prohibition of corporal punishment in Kenya: a case study of Kiruri secondary school, Murang’a district -central province Kenya
    (Kampala international international: College of Education, open and distance learning, 2008-08) Genson, Gitonga
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    The school environment and pupil performance in science in primary schools in Masinga division Yatta district in Kenya
    (Kampala international international: College of Education, open and distance learning, 2008-11) Japheth, Mbithi Kimithi
    The performance of science in national exams has been deteriorating over last few years. This is so in majority of primary schools in Kenya and especially Yatta district. The situation may not be different in other districts Kenya. The problem is therefore global concern given that most of the technology is statistical based with a science orientation. Science being a branch of science that deals with precision and quantitative applications is widely appreciated in many fields. These include agriculture, accounting, veterinary practice, public health, and medicines just no mention a few. The poor performance of science in exams may therefore mean a definite downfall in our technology fields and the collapse of the entire Kenyan economy. This poor performance may be as result of poor motivating, lack of evaluation, physical facilities and to a large extent a negative attitude of students towards the subject. The purpose of this study was to determine factors that affect the performance of mathematics in national exams in some selected primary schools in Masinga division of Yatta district. The study was also used to identify some measures that might be used to predict the performance of primary school pupils studying science. The sample in the study consisted of 50 pupils from one up to form eight, 10 science teachers and 5 head teachers. The data collection methodology involved questionnaire and observation of all the targeted groups. The information collected will hopefully be used to improve performance in science in examinations. The Main objective was to assess the factors that affect the performance of primary school pupils in science. The specific objectives were to find out if learners attitude, facilities available, caliber of pupil, class size, evaluation and motivational level of teachers and pupils among other factors affect the learners performance in science. It also looked at relationship between pupils / teachers characteristics. The study found that there is insufficient quantitative equipment and no trained laboratory assistant in 66% of the population investigated. The workload is too large leading to less time being dedicated to practical work. Also 80% of the pupil had low morale to learn, many of the girls investigated had a general attitude that science being a science subject is difficult and is meant for the boys. Some teachers are very harsh and lack the human face when teaching science and this demoralizes some pupils in studying science. It is however worth nothing that most of the problems cited by the respondents have a workable solution; and if professionally encountered the performance in science examination can greatly be improved.
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    The impact of orphan hood on the discipline and academic performance in selected day secondary schools in Madiany division Bondo district Kenya
    (Kampala international international: College of Education, open and distance learning, 2009-09) Benson, Otieno Ochieng’
    The content of this report consists of five chapters. Chapter one details out the background information of the research environment, purpose of the study, statement of the problem, objectives of the study, research questions and significance of the study. Chapter two is all about review of related literature whose contents include introduction, prevalence of HIV/AIDS, causes of orphan hood, guardians role in imparting discipline in orphans, forms of discipline, problems faced by orphans, problems of single parenthood, low socio economic status, adolescents, limitations of socio-economic status, peer orientation, social outcasts, student indiscipline and gap in knowledge. Chapter three describes the research methodology. The research methodology areas of concern are research designs, research environment, respondents, sampling methods, research instruments, and data collection procedure and data analysis. Chapter four reports research findings. The report is based on the following sub-topics: causes of orphan hood, role of guardian in discipline, problems encountered by orphans, discipline, academic performance and tables and charts. Chapter five, which is the last, details out the discussions, conclusions and recommendations under below subtopics; discussions, conclusions and recommendations.
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    Socio-economic status of parents and academic performance of students in biology subject at Koimbe Secondary School in Muranga District Kenya
    (College of Education, Open & Distance Learning, 2009-12) Kamkan, Moses
    This is a case study of Kiombe Secondary school located in Mulanga in the Central province of Kenya. It attempted to find out the factors that contribute to the poor performance among students of Kiombe secondary school in K.C.S.E Biology examinations. Some of the issues investigated included the attitude of students towards biology, attitude of teachers towards biology, use and availability of resources (books, teachers, laboratories, library etc) the teachers' qualification and experience and the role of school administration. Orientation of biology as a subject for future careers, and the students’ participation in the science congress. The researcher did a case study of Kiombe secondary school with form 3 and form 4 boys and girls and teachers in the school. The research instruments used in the study composed of teachers and students questionnaires and interview schedules conducted on the principal. Deputy Principal and the Head of science department as well as observation schedule around the school. Sampling was done to select eight (80) students of both form 3 and 4 in which 40 boys and 40 girls were selected at random and they formed a student sample. The two biology teachers formed the teachers' sample. The administrative sample was composed of the principal, Deputy principal and the Head of Science Department. The data was then collected and analyzed through descriptive analysis method using percentages in tabulated manner. The following observations were made: The teachers have a positive attitude towards the subject while students have a negative attitude towards the same. Students do not make use of the textbooks available
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    Impact of Universal Primary Education on academic performance of learners in the Years of 2003-2006: a case study of Rigoma Division, Kisii North District, in Kenya
    (Kampala International University; College of Education Open and Distance Learning, 2009-12) Abigael, Kerubo K.
    The study on the impact of Universal Primary Education on the academic performance of learners was carried out in the primary school of Regional Division, Kisii North District. The general aim of this study was to find out the impact of Universal Primary Education on the academic performance of learners in the selected primary schools of; Nyakongo, Omoyo, Menyenya, Nyansiongo and Mochenwa. The study objectives were to investigate the goals of Universal Primary Education, comparing private school performance and public school performance, establishing the opinion of teachers, parents and students on free primary education and finding out the effects of Universal Primary Education on the academic performance of learners in the selected secondary schools in Regional Division, Kisii North District, Kenya. The study involved five out of seven primary schools in Regional Division in Kisii North District. The schools were selected using the random sampling technique where parents, teachers and head teachers were interviewed. A total of five head teachers, three members of the Parents Teachers Association from each school and class teachers in each school were selected for the study. A total of eighty five respondents were interviewed for the study. Qualitative and quantitative methods of research, which gave the deeper effect of Universal Primary Education, were applied in this research. The researcher adopted quantitative because the study called for phenomena relating or involving a number of students' performance. The information also found has been included in description of qualitative data and presentation on bar graphs, pie chart and tables. The following methods were applied in the collection of the data, namely: face to face interviews, questionnaires, observation, research and document examination and analysis. The research found out that; there was a general poor performance after the introduction of Universal Primary Education in the district. Overpopulation and lack of enough teachers are not the main factors causing poor performance in examination among students. The teachers did not strongly support Universal Primary Education but the parents saw it as a good opportunity for free education while saving money for higher levels of education. The factors investigated are not only restricted to one division but are widespread to many schools too and should be taken into great consideration while preparing students for examination and life in general. It is recommended that the school administration, B.O.G and the P.T.A should strive to employ more teachers to equip studies, build more classes, purchase enough text books, charts, models and writing materials and check students' entry behavior before admission.