Factors Influencing Implementation Of Curriculum In Public Primary Schools In Ukwala Division Of Siaya County, Kenya
This study was aimed at establishing the factors that influence the implementation of curriculum in public primary schools in Ukwala division of Siaya County. The study was based on five main objectives: to determine the extent to which teacher training influence the implementation on curriculum; to establish the extent to which availability of teaching and learning materials influence the implementation of curriculum; to determine the extent to which time allocation of curriculum; to establish the degree to which innovative classroom practices influence the implementation of curriculum; to determine the extent to which integration of in other subjects influence the implementation of curriculum. Descriptive survey design was used in the study. The division had 48 public primary schools. The targeted population for this study was 1972: 1520 standard eight pupils; 404 teachers and 48 head teachers. From this accessible population the sample size was 287 respondents. Stratified random sampling was used to select schools and teachers, simple random sampling to select the sample size for the pupils‟ respondent. The 14 head teachers of the 14 selected schools participated in the study. Questionnaires were used to get information from the three categories of respondents. Piloting was done for the purpose of establishing the reliability value of instruments. Piloting was done to establish reliability of validity of the instruments. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of the study revealed that lack of teacher training on curriculum, in adequate time allocation, and insufficient teaching and learning materials on the subject impacted negatively on the implementation of curriculum. This study recommends that parents, schools and the government should address the issue of curriculum implementation. Teachers training through in-service programmes should urgently be undertaken. Also, insufficient teaching-learning materials on should urgently be addressed. More time should be allocated for education. The researcher suggests further studies to be carried on the influence of teachers‟ motivation on the implementation of curriculum.