The impact of free primary education on performance of learners; case study Of Mlolongo Primary School Athiriver zone Machakos District Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The research study aimed to find out the impacts of free primary education on performance of learners case study of Mlolongo primary school Athi river zone Machakos Kenya. It's aimed at finding out the challenges faced by teachers since the start of free primary education and to investigate the possible ways of improving the performance of learners though leaner-teacher ratios, allocation of resources by the government The Investigation was conducted using quantitative research, method plus a few simple tables, Questionnaires were used to collect the data since the _respondents can read and write. The research employed purposive sampling technique to select the respondents where teachers, learners and parents were taken since they are the participants in free primary education. The size of the sample included teachers and learners from lower and upper primary and about twenty parents. The instruments used involved Questionnaires and Interview guides, since they are reliable, saves time and easy to interpret. The analysis of the data was done quantitatively, since it involved use of questionnaires. The findings from the interpreted data showed that free primary education played a major role in the poor academic performance of learners with specific learning difficulties. It brought absent, increased numbers of learners per class thus learner teacher ratio is very high, making it hard for teachers to attend individual learners (I.E.P) Thus there is need for necessary adjustments to facilitate learning and make it accessible to all learners irrespective of their abilities, disabilities and economic backgrounds. The Ministry of Education should therefore look into ways of expanding facilities, resources and to re-train teachers to include special needs education in the primary teachers education.
A research report submitted to the institute Of Open and Distance Learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award Of the Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Arts) Of Kampala International University
free primary education, learners, Performance, Machakos, District Kenya