Challenges faced by Teachers in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties in Regular Primary Schools in Kego Nga Zone, Kegonga Division District Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
Learners with specific learning difficulties do not benefit much from regular learning setting due to their varied learning characteristics. This study critically focused on teacher's challenges and academic performance of learners with specific learning difficulties in regular primary schools. The study was based on the theory of Piaget of cognitive development. The researcher adopted quantitative approach of data collection from the target population. Teachers from public Primary schools responded to the questionnaires. Simple random sampling procedure was used to select the schools and the teachers. The researcher used questionnaires as data collection tools since all the respondents were literate. The respondents revealed that they face various challenges including lack of curricurrum guidelines, lack of teaching aids, lack of support form parents, lack of training in special needs Education and negative attitudes. These challenges were found to bring about poor teaching and hence poor academic performance of learners. The researcher concluded the study by advocating for the working together of all stakeholders in solving the problems faced by the teachers, in addition, recommendations were made. They included: teachers handling learners with specific learning difficulties getting refresher courses, availing education resources in all schools, adequate staffing and remuneration of teachers and educating parents on the importance and value of education for their children. All the intervention strategies laid out were meant to minimize the challenges faced by the teachers working with learners with specific learning difficulties.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning the Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Bachelors Degree of Education in Special Needs Education of Kampala International University.
Teachers, Learners, Challenges, Specific Learning Difficulties, Kenya