Strengthening of Mathematics and Sciences in Secondary School Education (SMASSE) and Mathematics Performance in Selected Secondary Schools in Makueni District- Kenya

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Kampala International University, School of Education
The purpose of the study was to establish the relationship between Strengthening of Mathematics in Secondary school Education (SMASSE) and students’ performance in mathematics in selected public secondary schools in Makueni district. The study was conducted utilizing a sample drawn from 15 public secondary in Makueni district. All the 50 ~mathematics teachers from the schools were used in the study. The study employed a descriptive correlational research design and used questionnaires, and observation schedule for data collection. The data collected was analyzed by use of; means, percentages and reported using frequency distribution tables. Further the relationship between the variables was analyzed by use of Pearson’s correlation constant and Regression analysis. It was established that SMASSE methodologies and students mathematics performance were positively correlated. There after recommendations are made that, the Kenya government should ensure sustainability of the INSET, the universities and teacher training adopt the SMASSE INSET curriculum innovation in their teaching. Finally suggestions for further research were made, either a replica of this study to cover a larger sample, to find out the impact of SMASSE INSET in other parts of the country, an experimental research be done on districts which use SMASSE methodologies and those which do not use.
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 Education in Educational Management and Administration
Mathematics, Sciences, Secondary School, Mathematics Performance, Makueni District- Kenya