School Based Factors Influencing Teacher Performance in Implementation of Curriculum in Public Primary Schools in Njoro Sub-county, Nakuru County, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to find out school based factors influencing teacher performance in implementation of the curriculum in public primary schools in Njoro Sub-County, Nakuru County. The research objectives were to find out how teacher-pupil ratio influence teacher performance, to establish how workload influences teacher performance, to establish hoe provision of instructional resources influences teacher performance and lastly to examine how teaching strategies influence teacher performance. The researcher used descriptive survey design to gather data. The target population was all the schools in Njoro Sub-County. The target population comprised of 10 public primary schools, 10 headteachers, 62 teachers and 123 pupils. The research instruments used were questionnaires directed to teachers and headteachers as well as Focus Group Discussion for pupils. In order to determine the influence of workload on teachers‟ performance in implementation of curriculum in public primary schools in Njoro Sub-County, Pearson‟s correlation coefficient analysis was done. Simple linear regression was used to establish how provision of teachers-pupils ratio, instructional resources and teaching strategies influences teacher performance in implementation of curriculum in public primary schools in Njoro Sub-County. This study concluded that teacher-pupil ratio, workload, adequacy of instructional materials and teaching methods influence teachers performance in the implementation of curriculum. This study recommends that more teachers should be employed and posted to work in the study area. The school administration in the institutions within the study area should also endevour to reduce the teacher workload since the same affect their performance. Teaching workload could be addressed with respect to modification of number of lessons taught per week, requirements to mark several students scripts within the given deadline, lack of enough time to prepare for lessons, responsibilities in teaching other subject(s), extra curricula responsibilities, the number of students taught, requirements to make reports on exam analysis, constant meetings in schools and lack adequate time to attend personal work.
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