Factors Influencing the Performance of Students in Egerton University, Njoro

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FACTORS INFLUENCING THE PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN
EGERTON UNIVERSITY, NJORO.

BY:
JOHN MWANGI WAHOME.
A13 (30333/06).

A RESEARCH STUDY SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PEACE, SECURITY AND SOCIAL STUDIES FOR THE PARTIAL FULFILMENT FOR THE AWARD OF BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY OF EGERTON UNIVERSITY.

EGERTON UNIVERSITY.

MAY 2010

DEDICATION
I dedicate this entire research to my late son Malcolm Wahome, fiancé, my parents Mr. and Mrs. Wahome, my in-laws, sisters and to all whom patience is a virtue which does not come easily.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I am heavily indebted to my supervisor Dr. kimani for her diligent supervision, constructive guidance, advice and critical review of this research work which added to its completion and improved its quality.

My sincere gratitude goes to all the students I visited asking questions, to the management for allowing me with time and positive answers and helped a great deal in the findings and collection of data.

Many thanks to the Department of peace, security and social studies, for their encouragement and provision of materials for the completion of this document. Many suggestions came from them and I am heavily indebted for their comments and criticism.

On a personal note, I am grateful and glad to recognize the efforts and the contribution made by my colleagues friends and acquaintances, special thanks goes to my friends and roommates Eriko, Njeru, lechipan and Garo for their continued support and encouragement and those I have not mentioned individually, for their help in data collection, information search and discussions in producing a quality document.

ABSTRACT.

This research was dedicated to unraveling the major problems that the undergraduate University students face and how these influence their academic performance in campus. The research problem at hand was basically that: As much as there have always been problems in the higher education systems, the major problems are mostly socio-economic in nature. They could thus be examined and dealt with in appropriate time by the academic and administrative bodies of the University (senate, faculties). Contradictions in University life faced by the student body on the other hand, sometimes resolve only to create challenging problems for further development of the institution. This is because they are seen as macro-issues and therefore seems like a waste of time and resources to address them. Therefore it is of sociological importance to study the everyday’s life of students and the challenges they face so as to get a holistic outlook of the overall educational experience in one of the higher education-Egerton University. The objective that guided this research was drawn from the issues that had been identified by third and fourth year students. They include: the evaluation of whether male-female relationships affects students performance, the role that lecturers play in students performance, as well as, the analysis of the relationship between students financial status and their academic performance in campus. The third and fourth year students were used in the research because they have been through the institution for a long time and are assumed to be capable of giving in-depth information pertaining to their livelihood. In addition, to reduce the probable error and provide a high degree of representation, this study employed purposive sampling procedures to arrive at a manageable sample of thirty third and fourth year male and female students. The use of semi-structured questionnaire was also deliberate so as to guide respondents on responses that address the objectives and enable accurate data from a huge population to be obtained with regard to limited time and lack of adequate resource. DECLARATION.

I declare that this research study is...

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