AN INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECT OF INSECURITY ON LEARNER CONTROL IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN WEST POKOT COUNTY, KENYA

Emmanuel Kaliakamur, Ruth Thinguri, Mary Mugwe Chui

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There is a current worry on the increasing matters of insecurity among the animal keepers in Kenya which calls for a critical need to examine its outcome on educational managing. The aim of this investigation was to investigate the effect of insecurity on learner control in public primary schools in West Pokot County. The study looked into the objective on the influence of insecurity on learner control. The investigation employed mixed methodology and the concurrent triangulation design. The targeted populace was 1,161 comprising of 80 head teachers and 611 teachers, 4 Quality Assurance Officers, 465 BoM members and 1 County Director of Education. Stratified sample was utilized to select institutions from the 4 sub counties each giving 6 schools, from where 9 teachers per school were sampled indiscriminately and selected. The 24 head teachers were selected purposively. The total sample was 245 participants consisting of 216 primary school teachers, 24 head teachers, 2 QASOs, 2 BoM members and 1 County Director of Education which was 21.10 % of the target population. Teachers were randomly sampled while QASO officers and BoM members were intentionally sampled. Questionnaires with Likert scales were used for teachers and students. There were interview schedules for the County Education Officer, QASO officers, BoM members and a documents’ analysis was developed. The investigation tools were conducted in 5 institutions in the county which were omitted from the final study sample. The researcher asked experts and the supervisors to scrutinize instruments for validity. For reliability, test retest method was used. A Pearson Correlation Coefficient of 0.800 was attained in the pilot. Concurrent triangulation was used to ensure credibility. A detailed interview was utilized to test dependability of qualitative instruments. Quantitative data was analyzed in descriptive statistics and presented in tables, frequencies and percentages. Inferential statistics was used in quantitative data whereby Chi-square was done to establish the extent to which the study variables associated with each other. Qualitative data was presented through thematic analysis. Then there was mixing and interpretation of data. The study established that insecurity in the study county hampered learner control. It was recommended that the government put in place security measures to curb insecurity in the county and the local community leaders use peace talks. Further research was recommended on influence of insecurity in secondary schools and other institutions of higher learning.

 

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