Factors that affect Academic Performance of the Mentally Challenged Learners in Regular Schools: A case study of El-wak Zone, Mandera Central District Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
The study was intended to determine factors affecting academic performance of!earners with mental deficits in regular schools within El-wak zone, Mandera Central district, Kenya. This study involved gathering relevant information from all sources as secondary information and this helped the researcher get a clear picture of all that was to be entailed in this study. A descriptive design was employee! and in this case, a bigger part of the study employed qualitative techniques but this does not rule out the fact that quantitative techniques had to be used in the analysis part of the study. The findings from the study revealed that there were quite a number of challenges being faced by the mentally retarded in regular schools and these among others included; inadequate special education training of teacher to handle such learners, dull curriculum which does not cater for the interests of learners who are mentally handicapped, inadequate learning resources, and larger size classrooms all of which do not foster effective teaching and learning of the mentally retarded learners. Recommendations were made which called for; creation of awareness to all people of the importance of education, government involvement through equipping of schools with the requirements needed to foster learning for all and through the offering of incentives to schools, and creation of employment opportunities for the mentally retarded.
A research report submitted to Institute of Open and Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of a Degree of Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education of Kampala International University.
Mentally Challenged Learners, Academic Performance, Factors, Regular Schools:, Kenya