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Title: A comparative analysis of A’level students’ academic performance of public and private secondary schools in Kigali city, Rwanda
Authors: Yankurije, Marthe
Keywords: comparative analysis
A’level students
academic performance
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
Abstract: This study made a comparison of academic performance between public and private secondary schools of Kigali City. It also determined the extent to which indicators such as the teachers’ qualification, teacher student ratio, availability of school facilities, parents’ contribution, affected the performance in such schools. The design of the study was a cross-sectional research design. The study was conducted using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The sample size of the study included 380 students, and 8 head teachers from 8 schools. Questionnaires and interview guide were the main instruments used to collect data from public and private secondary schools of Kigali City. Findings showed that there was a great difference in performance between public and private secondary schools of Kigali City, during the period of 2005-2009. It was seen that public secondary schools performed better than the private secondary schools :the p-value 0.67570 far superior to 0.05), It was found that some factors affected the academic performance of students. That is: the qualification of teachers as one of important factors affecting academic performance was higher in public schools than private schools (p-value in 2-taled (0.203) is greater than alpha (0.025). Availability of school facilities and the contribution of parents to education were also found as improving the high performance of public schools while in private schools they were still ~t lower level. Teacher-students ratio did not affect the performance of students since it was almost the same in both public and private schools (The teacher student’s ratio in private school is 23 while in public schools it is 25). These findings are very important to education planners, policy makers and both government and private sector concerned with education. It was recommended that all these factors should be taken in consideration by both the government and education planners while planning for education especially in secondary education to make sure of a good academic performance.
Description: A thesis presented to the school of postgraduate studies and research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Educational Management and Administration
Appears in Collections:Masters of Educational Management and Administration - Main and Ishaka Campus

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