Factors contributing to girls’ participation and performance in complementary basic education in Gairo district

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University of Dar es Salaam
The purpose of this study was to investigate on the factors contributing to girls’ participation and performance in Complementary Basic Education in Gairo district, in Morogoro region, Tanzania. The objectives of the study were, to assess the context in which COBET programme was introduced, to identify the factors contributing to girls’ participation, enrollment and attendance in COBET classes, to evaluate girls’ performance in Standard Four and Seven National Examinations relative to boys performance and finally to investigate strategies used in raising girls’ attendance and performance in COBET classes. The study employed qualitative approach. Data were collected through questionnaires, documentary review, interviews and direct observation. The study findings were analyzed qualitatively using content analysis. The study findings revealed the followings (i) the COBET programme was introduced in Gairo district to provide the second chance for those who dropped out or missed the opportunity of primary education whereby preference was given to girls, (ii) the average number of girls’ participation and attendance was irregular and unsatisfactory in comparison to that of boys (iii) boys performed better than girls because the later tended to have more responsibilities at home (iv) the rate of truancy on girls was higher than that of boys, and (v) the lower level of girls access to COBET programme was caused by various factors. These included long distance from home to the COBET centre, domestic chores and prevalence gender stereotype culture in the society in which boys were given the first priority in access to education. It is concluded that COBET programme is no longer functions as effectively as when it was started in first three years in Gairo District. The practical aspect of the program has hardly been achieved due to social-cultural and economic constrains that have been hindering its implementation. The study recommends that there is a need to establish more COBET centres in order to reduce the problem of long distance to the centres. There is need to train and deploy enough female facilitators and teachers in COBET centre who could act as the role models in areas.
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Women, Education, Girls, Basic education, Gairo district, Morogoro region, Tanzania
Mlahagwa, J. A. (2015).Factors contributing to girls’ participation and performance in complementary basic education in Gairo district, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.