Socio-Economic Status and Academic Achievement of Pupils in Selected Public Primary Schools in Starehe Division, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Kampala international University college of Education open and distance learning
The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of socio-economic status on pupils academic achievement. It looked at the association between parental levels of income, parental level of education, marital status and academic achievement of pupils in public primary schools in Starehe Division. The study focused on 180 pupils, 18 teachers and nine headteachers from the division. Descriptive correlational design was employed. Researcher devised questionnaire was used to collect data which was analyzed using the SPSS to determine the correlational coefficients between variables and descriptive analysis by use of means, modes and percentages. The findings revealed a positive relationship between socio-economic status and academic achievement of learners. The results showed that pupils from low SES often had to perform domestic duties or looked for paid work and this undermined their academic performance. Students from low SES also predominantly emanated from single homes and as such did not enjoy financial security. The study recommended that policy matters in education should provide appropriate and equitable opportunities that meet the learning needs of all individuals, regardless of the differences in their family SES backgroun.
A Thesis Submitted 0 to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters in Education Administration and Management.
Socio-Economic, Academic Achievement, , Nairobi, Kenya