Effects of Cultural Practices on Student’s Education in Selected Ward Secondary Schools in Korogwe district in Tanzania.

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study investigated the effects of indigenous cultural practices on students education in ward secondary school in Korogwe District in Tanzania. The study was guided by three research objectives. Firstly , to identify indigenous cultural practices that affected the provision of secondary education among students in Korogwe. Secondary, examine how indigenous cultural practices affected the provision of secondary education and thirdly, to explore strategies used to mitigate the negative effects of indigenous cultural practices o the provision of education in WSS in Korogwe. The study employed a qualitative research approach and case study design to gather data from a sample of 70 participants. Categorically, there were heads of schools students, parents and villages and ward leaders. Purposive and snowball sampling techniques were used to select participants. Data were collected through focus group discussion, semi structured interviews and documentation. Analysis of the data involved only content analysis technique. The findings revealed the following. Firstly, traditional dances, rituals, ceremonies and witchcraft affected the provision of education among students. Secondly, student’s participation in cultural practices affected their attendances, behaviors, interests and concentration on their studies. This in turn, caused poor academic performance. Moreover. The findings revealed that girls academic performance was poor compared to boys because, they were more subjected to the consequences of cultural practices including initiation and shotgun marriage. In addition, the education system contributes on discouraging students’ talents and interest which are outside the formal education for example singing and drama. Thirdly, the findings revealed that provision of education and legal means are the best strategies to mitigate the negative effects of cultural practices in provision of education and academic performance among students. The study recommended that the district authority and other authorities concerned with education. Moreover, the education system should include the cultural practices which have positive impact in the curriculum for implementation and the identified students talents and interest to be effectively promoted. In addition, the government and other stakeholders should build hostels in each. WSS as a strategy to reduce the effects of cultural practices on the provision of education. Finally, further study that focuses on the potential of including useful cultural practices n the modern curriculum is recommended.
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Students, Cultural practices, Academic achievement, Education, Secondary, Korogwe district, Tanzania
Sagoyo, B (2018) Effects of Cultural Practices on Student’s Education in Selected Ward Secondary Schools in Korogwe district in Tanzania,Masters dissertation,University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.