Factors influencing pupils’ transition rates from primary to secondary schools in Kitui central sub-county Kitui county, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish factors influencing pupils‟ transition rates from primary to secondary schools in Kitui central sub-county, Kitui County. Specifically, the study was set to establish how availability of Secondary school spaces affect transition rates from public primary schools to secondary schools; influence of gender on transition rates from public primary schools to secondary schools; how PTA Levies affect the transition rates from public primary to secondary schools as well as finding out the influence of parental level of education on the transition rate from public primary to secondary schools. The study was influenced by the fact that transition rates in Kitui central sub-county is low compared to the neighboring counties such as Kitui rural, Matinyani, Kitui West, Kisasi and Mwingi North. There were also limited researches done in Kitui central sub-county on factors influencing transition rates between primary and secondary schools. The study employed a descriptive survey research design where the target population consisted of 101 school heads of the public primary and secondary schools in Kitui central sub-county, 468 primary and secondary school teachers and Sub-County Director of Education Kitui central sub-county. From the study it was established that; transition from primary school to secondary schools is highly determined by the availability of secondary school spaces as indicated by 91% of the respondents, gender of a child as indicated by 62%, PTA Levies as indicated by 53.1% as well as parental level of education as indicated by 86.2% of the respondents. Given that the Kenyan education policy provides free primary education as well as a subsidized secondary education, this study recommends that the government should initiate effective mechanisms to ensure that no learner is blocked from transiting to secondary school due to inadequate secondary school spaces, gender, PTA levies and parental level of education.
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