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Volume 4 Issue 4

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Title : Influence of Teachers’ Demographic Characteristics on Acquisition of Reading Skills Among Grade III Pupils In Kisii County, Kenya

Authors : Teresa Binsari Ogetange, Dr. Wanjohi Githinji

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Reading is a fundamental skill in pupils’ education and development.. The development of reading skills is a complex intellectual process that requires skilled instructions in learning to read and to developing strong reading skills. Teachers are well-known as the backbone of the educational process and also as the major determining school factor of excellence and efficiency of its outcome. The purpose of this study was to find out the influence of teachers’ demographic characteristics on the acquisition of reading skills among Standard three pupils in Kisii County. Vygotsky’s Socio-Cultural Theory of Human Learning guided this study. This study adopted a descriptive survey research design targeting all the Grade III pupils, their class teachers and head teachers of all primary schools in Kenyenya Sub-County. Purposive and stratified random sampling techniques were employed to select the study sample of 30%. The data was collected using questionnaires, interview schedule and observation schedule.A pupils test was used to ascertain the reading levels among the Class three Pupils. This study found out that teachers’ characteris tics had influence on the acquisition of reading skills. The study further established that most of the class III teachers had limited training on teaching reading skills. The study thus recommends that the Ministry of Education should train and retrain teachers on teaching reading skills through regular teacher professional training, in-service courses, workshops and seminars to ensure that teachers have the necessary skills to teach reading at lower levels.


Title : Impact of Foundation Phase Multi-Grade School Teaching on Society: A Case-Study of Vhembe District

Authors : Mr. Mbangiseni Adam Mashau, Prof Dovhani Reckson Thakhathi

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An indispensable weapon to fight poverty and unemployment with which a country could equip its citizens is education. A nation which comprises of high number of educated community members has greater prospects of keeping up with rapid economic and technological changes. Standard of living within Vhembe District is most likely to be affected by level of its people’s educational status. Although this District is known to produce remarkable percentages of students that pass Grade twelve yearly, a worrying question is whether foundation phase learners are currently getting educational attention which they deserve. It is crucial that great attention should paid when educating the Reception up to and including Grade three learners because of the fact that a house’s structure is as weak as its foundation. The aforementioned phase comprises of learners that constantly require individual attention. It is therefore critical and essential that learner-teacher ratio is kept to a manageable level to ensure effectiveness of interaction. Hindrance to effective teaching and learning is aggravated by a situation where one educator is expected to accommodate learners of different grades in one classroom at any given time. Consequently, learner destruction is inevitable when two different subjects are to be taught invariably by the same teacher whilst trying to ensure that children of different grades selectively pay attention to their scopes. With the aforementioned occurrences and challenges, it is important that a study of this type is conducted so that recommendations may be made and possibly implemented to the benefit of learners, educators, society and government of the day.