Current Causes of Girls’ Low Performance in Physical Sciences from Hard-to-reach Secondary Schools in Eastern Uganda
International Journal of Secondary Education
Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages: 12-15
Received: Oct. 28, 2016; Accepted: Dec. 22, 2016; Published: Feb. 22, 2017
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Jalira Namugaya, Department of Mathematics, Muni University, Arua, Uganda; Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, Pan African University, Nairobi, Kenya
Isaac Habumugisha, Department of Physics, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda; Department of Physics, Islamic University in Uganda, Mbale, Uganda; Department of Physics, Kabale University, Kabale, Uganda
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Physical science, a branch of science is concerned with nonliving matter and energy such as physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Ideally, everyone would excel in this area of science, because it is a basic science. In Uganda, hard-to-reach areas exhibit high rates of poor performance at secondary level and it is quite alarming on the side of girls offering science subjects. In this paper, we present the current causes of high failure rates. 130 Students, teachers and head teachers from ten schools in two districts of Manafwa and Bududa in the Eastern part of Uganda participated in the study. The major cause on the side of students is lack of role models and mentors whereas for the teachers, it is attributed to background knowledge of science. On the contrary H/teachers assert that high failures rates are due to economic factor which keeps students’ minds absent. We suggest that counseling and guidance by senior female scientists can change this situation.
Low Performance, Physical Sciences, Hard-to-Reach, Secondary Schools
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Jalira Namugaya, Isaac Habumugisha, Current Causes of Girls’ Low Performance in Physical Sciences from Hard-to-reach Secondary Schools in Eastern Uganda, International Journal of Secondary Education. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, pp. 12-15. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsedu.20170501.12
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