Determinants of girls’ drop outin selected mixed day secondary schools in kasarani sub county, nairobi county
This study presents the determinants that contribute to drop out of girls in mixed day secondary schools in Kasarani Sub County in Nairobi County. It was guided by the following objectives; To determine the extent to which school factors determine the girls‘ dropout rate, to establish the influence of teachers‘ attitude on the dropout rate of girls, to determine the influence of distance from home to school on dropout rate of girls and to come up with measures that can be adopted by mixed public Day secondary schools to curb the problem of girls drop out. The study had descriptive survey design. The study adopted simple random sampling techniques to sample its respondents. Data was collected through questionnaires given to students, interviews to teachers and head teachers. The data will be analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Despite the government efforts to provide equal access for boys and girls, the latter are disadvantaged due to socio-economic, socio-cultural and school based factors. In the study of how school based factors influence on the girls‘ dropout rate, it indicated that a majority of the respondents agreed that school based factors which were presented as poor learning resources, insecurity, teacher quality, poor performance, poor management style and unrealistic demands .In the study of teachers‘ attitude towards the girl‘s education, a majority of all the respondents felt that the teachers‘ attitude towards girls has a bearing when it comes to retention of girls in schools.. Majority of the students cover a distance of 0 to 1 kilometer to go to school. This cannot be the reason for the girl student dropping out of the school. This is because a majority of the students cover less than 4 kilometers to go to school. In the study of security factor, majority of the students‘ respondents felt that most girls‘ dropout because of the some of the challenges they face with regards to security. Security factor was considered under the coverage distance from home to school and from school to home. Some of the security challenges that they experienced were cited on the questionnaire as being mugging and teasing of girls by street boys. Therefore security plays an important role as a determinant of girls‘ retention in schools.