Factors affecting Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Nyandarua District, Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
The purpose of this study was to explore the factors affecting academic performance of secondary schools in Nyandarua district, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to investigate the relationship between discipline and academic performance, to investigate the relationship between quality of teachers and academic performance and to investigate the relationship between the availability of facilities and academic performance. Quantitative Data was categorized according to the research variables and data generated from questionnaires was computed into frequency counts and percentages. The methods used for data collection were questionnaires to students and teachers and interviews with the head teachers of scho<Jls. The findings indicate that there was a relationship between discipline, availability of teachers and academic performance. From the data collected, it was revealed that discipline contributes 30% to poor performance in schools, quality of teachers contribute soo;,, and facilities contributes 20% to poor academic performance of students in sch< •ols. The study recommended convening meetings between teachers, students and parents to work out the discipline problem, introducing upcountry allowances to attract the retention of qualified teachers, and government providing learning facilities to make learning environment conducive. Further research on relationship between socio-economic background and academic performance, and the relationship between home environment and academic performance has to be carried out.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Continuing and Distance Studies in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirement of a Bachelors Degree of Education in Biology with Guidance and Counseling of Kampala International University.
Academic Performance, Factors, Secondary School, Students, Nyandarua District, Kenya.