To establish the effect of Teacher pupil Ratio on learners' performance in Kenya Certificate of primaryEducation in Kenya

Reuben Nguyo Wachiuri, Josephine Kirimi, Jedidah Nyawira Kimathi

Abstract


Education is widely seen as one of the most promising paths for individual to realize better, more productive lives and as one of the primary drivers of national economic development. According to the Ministry of Education's Management Information System (EMIS), the number of public and private primary schools increased from 6,058 in 1963 to 27,489 in 2010. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the influence of teacher pupil ratio on learners’ performance in public primary schools in Mau Division of Narok County. This study used descriptive survey design which is appropriate because it facilitates data gathering by administering questionnaires from a sample of individuals. The study adopted purposive sampling technique since the head teachers, class teachers and zonal Pupils are believed to be having reliable information relevant for this study. Documents from the education offices were also analyzed. The study used two instruments namely Questionnaires and observation schedule. The researcher analyzed the data by use of the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). The study used quantitative techniques (measures of central tendency) and qualitative techniques which are basically descriptive. The study therefore concludes that most of the schools had huge classes for the teachers to effectively deliver. The research also concludes that those schools with inadequate staffing recorded low mean score but those schools which were adequately staffed reported higher performance. The researcher recommends that to bridge this gap school management should look for more donors to pay teachers hired by the schools. The teachers' service commission should employ the large number of trained teachers who are jobless to improve the schools performance. This should also be done with caution as numerous researches show that small classes do not always translate to high performance. The head teachers should be more accountable in their supervisory role. They should ensure that teachers who absent themselves from schools are disciplined by the Teachers Service Commission.


Keywords


Teacher staffing, Teacher Pupil Ratio, Learners’ performance

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