Influence of quality assurance standards organization assessment on the performance in English in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examination in Matinyani district, Kitui county Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish the influence of QASO assessment visits on the performance in English at K.C.S.E in Matinyani district. The study sought to establish influence of QASO visits, training of teachers, and use of instructional media and effects of environment in influencing performance of English in K.C.S.E examination. (Schmied, 1990; Zueng1er, 1982)Eng1ish plays a vital role in Kenyan's educational system, not only as an important subject but also as the medium for instructions. It has been claimed that the model and norm of English used in Kenya, apart from pidgin varieties is the British standard variety and in particular received pronunciation. This study applied descriptive survey to collecting data in order to test hypothesis or to answer questions concerning the current status of the study subj ect. The target population was English teachers of seven schools in Matinyani District. Stratified random sampling was used to ensure all the sub-groups in the population are well represented and questionnaires were used to help in data collection which was analyzed using tables and Statistical methods. The results revealed that QASO visits, training of teachers, use of instructional media and environment are some of the major factors that influence performance of English in KSCE examination as stipulated by the QASO. The study revealed that the schools with frequent visits recorded high mean scores, 92% of the respondents possessed professional qualification unlike 8%, 77% felt the effects of instructional media had a great effect on performance unlike 8% who felt the effect was low, while the schools with most adequate facilities recorded high mean scores in relation to the ones with inadequate facilities. In view of the research findings, the research recommends that QASO should recommend to the government to employ more male teachers, They should also embrace employment of sufficient English teachers in all the schools. The study also recommends that QASO should improve on the number of times they visit schools to monitor teachers on how to teach. QASO should ensure that teachers are professionally qualified in their respective subjects and organize on workshops and seminars to train the teachers regularly. The QASO should also liaise with the head teachers in order to ensure the instructional Medias are used interchangeably. The QASO should ensure that the environment is relatively conducive for the learners, teachers and all the staff working in the schools.