A Study of factors that Influence poor Performance in Mathematics in Secondary Schools by Female Students in Nairobi
This study aimed at investigating the factors that influence the performance of mathematics among girls in high schools. Specifically study investigated the contribution of both the teachers and girls in the overall performance in Mathematics. This study was conducted in Nairobi Province sampling female students enrolled in various commercial colleges in Nairobi. Data were collected using a standard questionnaire. In addition, scheduled interviews were administered to key the informants. Data were analysed and findings summarized in tables. A total of 46 female students responded to the questionnaires. 10 mathematics teacher from different schools were interviewed as key informants. In addition, informal discussions were held with 4 teachers from different school. The main findings of this study were that the number of female teachers in mathematics was lower than that of men. It was also found that qirlshad a negative attitude towards mathematics and termed their performance as fair. The study revealed that the girls had some difficulty in comprehending mathematical terms right from primary level. In light of some of the above named problems and others which the researcher felt greatly hampered the implementation and effective teaching of mathematics, the researcher came up with some recommendations on how some of the problems can be overcome. This includes a great need and desire to invite more mathematics oriented and professional women in mathematics to talk to girl students in secondary schools and show them that the subject is not hard and is not only meant for boys.