PROVISION OF CONSTITUENCY DEVELOPMENT FUND BURSARIES AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF GIRLS IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KENYA: A CASE OF TIGANIA EAST SUB-COUNTY IN MERU COUNTY

Haron Mbai Muthamia, David Minja

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Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest levels of both participation and girls? performance in basic education. In this part of the world girls? basic education performance remains a mirage dream because of existing challenges; schools? distance and ability to pay school fees. However, the provision of devolved funds like the constituency development fund to schools for bursaries and its impact on performance of girls is yet to be fully investigated. This study therefore investigated the effect of provision of constituency development fund bursaries on girls? basic education performance in Tigania East Sub1County. The study was anchored on Theory of Socialist Economics of Education. The study utilized descriptive survey research design. The study population was 22 principals and 286 teachers and 10 education officers. The sample size was of 7 principals, 86 teachers from 22 public secondary schools and 10 Education officers who were selected to take part in the study. Random sampling and stratified sampling were used to select the respondents. Data from principals and teachers was collected using questionnaires, while data from education officers in the Sub County was collected using an interview guide. A pilot test was conducted to assess the validity and reliability of the research instrument. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used in the analysis of quantitative data with the help of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (Version 21). Descriptive statistics include mean, standard deviation, percentages and frequencies. Inferential statistics include multiple regression analysis. The results showed that the provision of constituency development fund bursaries has a positive and significant influence on girls? academic performance in Tigania East Sub County. This study therefore recommends that the Kenyan government should add on the allocation to constituency development fund to ensure all the needy students get bursaries for their education. The government should as well disburse the money in time so that no girls are out of school due to lack of school fees.


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