Causes of poor performance in mathematics in primary schools in Kyamulibwa Sub County, Masaka District, Uganda

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The major purpose of the study was to detennine Gender mathematics concepts' perception and its effects on academic perfonnance of students in selected primary schools in Kyamulibwa subcounty, Masaka district, Uganda. The specific objectives of the study were to investigate the relationship between girl's attitude and performance in mathematics, Investigate the relationship between teachers' attitudes and girls' perfonnance in mathematics, Detennine the relationship between the curriculum and perfotmance of girls in mathematics, Detennine the relationship between over crowded classes and perfonnance of girls in mathematics. The methods used for data collection were questionnaires to the pupils and interviews with the teachers. The study revealed that few girls enjoy mathematics because they think that mathematics is hard and meant for boys who are clever. The study found out that teachers attitude towards girls performance in mathematics also affected there performance. The study also revealed that overcrowded classes contributed to poor performance of girls in mathematics. Finally the study revealed that the cuiTiculum was too heavy for girls to handle and therefore perfom1ed poorly in mathematics. The government should construct facilities at school for mathematics teachers to teach in a conducive environment in order to aid the better perfonnance of mathematics students in their schools. The government should have a policy in place that encourages the taking up of mathematics subject especially to the female students who at times think they are not good enough for the subject. The girl students should be encouraged to relate equally with there fellow boy students in all subjects regardless of whether it is mathematics or not.
A research report submitted to the Institute Of Open and Distance Learning in partial fulfillment for the requirements of the Award of Diploma in Primary Education (Science) Of Kampala International University
Mathematics, Poor, Performance