An assessment of factors affecting primary seven pupils’ academic performance in private primary schools in Tororo Disrict In Uganda.
Nabutuwa, Mary Beatrice
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The purpose of the study was to assess the factors affecting the pupil’s academic performance in private primary schools in Tororo District in Uganda. The research objectives were used in order to: 1. Establish the relationship between parent’s education level and pupils’ academic performance in private primary schools in Tororo District. 2. Determine the relationship between the family size and pupils’ academic performance in private primary schools in Tororo District. 3. Investigate the relationship between the school environment and pupils’ academic performance private primary schools in Tororo District. The study sample adapted a cross-section of survey design and descriptive statistics. The respondents consisted of two hundred fifty pupils, thirty five teachers, twenty two parents, five head teachers and five district officers, selected through cluster, random and purposive sampling techniques from the selected five private primary schools in Tororo District in Uganda. The researcher used two sets of questionnaires and interview guide. Data analysis using Chi-square goodness of fit at 0.05 level of significant indicated positive significant relationship for the two hypotheses. However, one did not indicate significant relationship. Accordingly, the results revealed that parents’ educational level affects their children’s academic performance, for instance educated parents provide encouragement and opportunities for their children to learn. xi Consequently upon the above conclusion, the researcher therefore made recommendations derived from the results of the study focusing on the need to improve pupils’ academic performance: There is need for all the stakeholders to examine the factors within the school setting and outside the immediate classroom environment which interfere directly or indirectly with teaching/learning in the school. This could greatly enhance pupils’ participation and performance in private primary schools in Tororo District. In order to improve performance in these schools, there is need for a holistic approach to education; school administrators and managers should not work in isolation of other stakeholders but should ensure there is coordination so as to attain the set objectives. Finally the researcher highlighted areas for further research, which included: To find out the extent to which other factors other than those mentioned affect pupils’ academic performance. Study should also be carried out to determine the effects of school environment on government aided schools and also on the rate of transition from primary to secondary after pupils sit for Primary Leaving Examinations.