Socio-economic status of parents and academic performance of students in biology subject at Koimbe Secondary School in Muranga District Kenya

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College of Education, Open & Distance Learning
This is a case study of Kiombe Secondary school located in Mulanga in the Central province of Kenya. It attempted to find out the factors that contribute to the poor performance among students of Kiombe secondary school in K.C.S.E Biology examinations. Some of the issues investigated included the attitude of students towards biology, attitude of teachers towards biology, use and availability of resources (books, teachers, laboratories, library etc) the teachers' qualification and experience and the role of school administration. Orientation of biology as a subject for future careers, and the students’ participation in the science congress. The researcher did a case study of Kiombe secondary school with form 3 and form 4 boys and girls and teachers in the school. The research instruments used in the study composed of teachers and students questionnaires and interview schedules conducted on the principal. Deputy Principal and the Head of science department as well as observation schedule around the school. Sampling was done to select eight (80) students of both form 3 and 4 in which 40 boys and 40 girls were selected at random and they formed a student sample. The two biology teachers formed the teachers' sample. The administrative sample was composed of the principal, Deputy principal and the Head of Science Department. The data was then collected and analyzed through descriptive analysis method using percentages in tabulated manner. The following observations were made: The teachers have a positive attitude towards the subject while students have a negative attitude towards the same. Students do not make use of the textbooks available
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 (SCI) of Kampala International University
Socio-economic status, Parents, Academic performance, Biology, Koimbe Secondary School, Muranga District, Kenya