International Journal of Social Science & Economic Research
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Title:
INFLUENCE OF COMMUNITY FACTORS ON PUPIL'S TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN LAIKIPIA WEST SUB-COUNTY, KENYA

Authors:
Mr. Peter Murage Mwangi, Prof. Kanjogu J. (PH.D), and Dr. Ngunjiri, M.

Abstract:
Kenya introduced Free Primary Education (FPE) in 2003 and Free Secondary Education (FSE) in 2008 to attain 100 percent transition rate from primary to secondary schools. In spite of this, only 60% of primary graduates transited to secondary schools by 2015. The purpose of the study was to investigate the extent to which community factors could have been at play in Laikipia West Sub-County. Using ex-post facto research design, data was collected using self-delivered questionnaire from a sample of 411 respondents (280 teachers and 131 PTA chairpersons) in public primary schools in the area of study. The sample was selected using stratified random and simple random sampling techniques from a target population of 1064 respondents. Collected data was analyzed through simple regression at .05 alpha level using SPSS version 21.0. Findings from the study revealed that community factors were significantly influencing transition of pupils from primary to secondary schools (?= - .167) at 0.5 significance level. The study recommended that the local community should support secondary education by constructing more classrooms.

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