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Title: Information and communications technology (ICT) and pupils academic performance in selected primary schools in Rwanda
Authors: Ruterana, Samuel
Keywords: Pupils academic performance
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: Kampala International University, College of Economics & Management
Abstract: This thesis entitled “Information and Communication Technology and Pupils Academic Performance in Selected Primary Schools in Rwanda” is presented as a result of a research that was carried out in selected primary schools in Rwanda. The study was carried out basing on four specific objectives, i.e.; to determine demographic characteristics of respondents in term of age, gender, education, religion and occupation; to examine the various initiatives for integrating ICT in education in Rwanda; to assess the level of ICY on pupils’ interest and attitudes towards school work in terms of motivation, performance and understanding beyond the school and other related issues in Rwanda’s primary schools; and to examine the relationship between ICY and pupils performance in Rwanda’s primary schools; The study was in form of a descriptive survey design, to describe and analyze the level of ICY implementation as it was at the time of the research. The study sample comprised of 278 respondents, chosen using simple random and Purposive sampling methods. Questionnaires, interviews, documentary review and participant observation were used in collecting both primary and secondary data. The collected data was analyzed using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The findings showed that there were various ICT initiatives such as one laptop per child, internet connectivity, reliable power supply, computer skills training for teachers, among others. The findings also showed generally positive outcomes on schools, widespread use of computers in schools, as well as a positive relationship between ICY and pupil performance. Challenges like misuse of computers, inability to manage time, inadequate technical support, infrastructure and trained personnel were also identified. The existing data indicate that respondents were predominantly aged between to 35 years, from various religions with education from primary schools to university level. The researcher concluded that the implementation of ICY in primary schools has greatly improved performance and the quality of education provided, though there are a few challenges faced. The researcher recommended that there should be massive computer skills training for teachers so that all of them can be well versed with computer applications and usage, strict monitoring of the ICT implementation policy and massive sensitization of the public on the importance of ICY in education so that they can actively support the efforts.
Description: A thesis presented to the college of higher degrees and research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Business Administration
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