The impact of poverty on academic performance of boys in Kibaimwa Location Secondary Schools Marakwet District Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
A study of the Impact of poverty on academic performance of boys in secondary schools was ca1Tied out in Kibaimwa Location, Tunyo Division in Marakwet District in Kenya. Education is both a private and social investment that is shared by individual students, their families, employees, government and other groups including international agencies. The study examines and analyses the causes of pove1iy and their effects on academic performance of boys in secondary schools together with their ways of alleviating pove1iy, and also the study follows a general research design. Data collection in the study included the use of questionnaires, observations, photography, interviewing and literature review. The study findings revealed that the major causes of pove1iy in the area in a descending order are; unemployment, prolonged drought (lack of water), infertile soil, inadequate extension officer's lack of diversification of enterprises, inaccessible basic infrastructure (roads), illiteracy among the youth, lack of enough health facilities, poor land use practices, uneven distribution of state resources (bursaries) and insecurity (cattle rustling). And its major effects on academic performance are; drop out in secondary schools, increased illiteracy level among youth, increased crime and increased vicious cycle of poverty. Therefore, the study recommends parents role in diversifying income generating activities, build up Jf more day secondary schools, conserve the soil and water in their respective vicinities, awarding Jtu-saries to student from poor and vulnerable parents. The study further recommends parents to be hardworking, innovative and creative in order to invest in education of their children fully.
A Research report submitted to the institute of open and distance education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Bachelors education of Kampala International University
Poverty, Academic performance, Boys, Kenya