Influence of Child-friendly School Model on Pupils’ Performance in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in Njoro Sub-county’s Schools, Kenya
The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of child-friendly school model on pupil‟s performance in KCPE in Njoro sub-county primary schools. The study was guided by four objectives. The objectives were; to determine the influence of the learning resources on pupils performance in KCPE, to determine influence of safety and health measures in the schools on pupils‟ performance in KCPE, to examine the influence of the teachers‟ training on pupils‟ performance in the KCPE and to establish the influence of the child-centered teaching /learning methods on pupils‟ performance in KCPE in Njoro sub-county. The study employed a descriptive survey design. The sample for the study comprised, 91 teachers and 400 pupils. Data was collected by using questionnaires. Pre-testing was done to gauge the clarity and relevance of the instrument items. The instruments were also validated and tested for reliability. The collected primary data was processed and analyzed with the help of the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) which is analytical tool. Data analysis was in form of descriptive statistics. The study findings were represented in form of statistical tables, pie chart and bar graphs. The study found that learning resources bring effective teaching which may improve pupils‟ performance in KCPE. The health and safety programs were found not so pronounced though there are indicators of the health and safety such as spacious classrooms security fences and water supply in most schools in the area under the study. Teachers‟ training enhances acquisition of skills and knowledge which may too lead to improvement of KCPE performance. The child -friendly teaching/learning methods was also found playing significant roles in improving the performance of KCPE in the area under the study. The study concluded that CFS model, if well adapted in the schools may have positive impact on KCPE performance. The study recommended that schools be provided with adequate learning resources by the government, the school management boards to put safety and health measures in the schools, teachers training to be emphasized, board of management of the schools and the teachers to embrace child friendly teaching learning methods.
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