Impact of quality teaching staff on academic performance of students in Kandara Division Muranga South District Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
Policy-makers and the public generally agree that teacher training is valuable. But agreement ends when it comes to figuring out how best to train the state's educators. Many expect new teaching recruits to arrive in the classroom -just out of college and With a smattering of student teaching under their belts - ready to go. They expect teachers to be armed with the right tools and skills, but reality has taught us this doesn't happen Recent research statistics has shown that student's academic performance is falling in a worrying trend. Kenyans cannot afford to complacent about it, thus their arise an immediate need to conduct an investigation on the issue of teachers quality to establish whether it's a factor contributing to the falling academic performance. The study adopted a Descriptive research design. This enhanced the researcher to obtain a better understanding of the causes and impact of teacher quality on academic performance of students in Kandara Division,Muranga South district. The method chosen allowed a collection of comprehensive and intensive data and provided an in-depth understanding of the topic under study. Information collected was analyzed and edited to create consistency and completeness. After collecting the questionnaires they were edited for completeness and consistency across the respondents and to locate omissions. Information obtained from the research study was presented and analyzed using bar charts, narratives, and statistical figures. This report provides suggestions for more effective ways to enhancing teachers quality as a measure to stem the falling academic performance by students.It is designed for policy makers, planners and stakeholders who have responsibilities in the education sector in Kenya.
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 (ECPE) of Kampala International University December, 2009
Quality teaching staff, Academic performance, Kenya