Efficacy of CDF Bursary on Internal Efficiency in Public Secondary Schools
A Case of Trans-Nzoia East Sub-County
AbstractThe significance of this study was to establish the efficacy of national government constituency bursary provision in public secondary schools in Trans-Nzoia East Sub-County, Trans-Nzoia County Kenya. The study sought to establish the efficacy of bursary provision on access to public secondary school education. Influence of bursary provision on the participation of in public secondary school, the effect of bursary provision on completion rate and challenges faced by bursary provision committee while disbursing bursary. A cross-sectional descriptive survey design was employed to conduct the study. The study was based on Education Production Function (EPF) Theory which states that education output is a function of inputs. The study targeted 20 public secondary schools in Trans-Nzoia East sub-county; stratified simple sampling was used to select the two (2) extra county schools and 10 sub-county public secondary schools in the county. All the principals, form three students, education officers, and bursary provision committee chairperson participated in the study. Questionnaires, interview schedule and document analysis guide were used to collect data. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used in data analysis. Percentages, means and ratios were computed for descriptive analysis. Spearman Correlation Coefficient was used to establish the relationship between bursary provision criteria and access of needy students to secondary education. The study established that: bursary issuance is marred with many shortcomings, the system of tracking needy cases is wanting and the criteria used have undermined bursary objectives of enhancing participation of needy students in secondary school education. The study recommends that there is need to review the whole system of bursary issuance and redefining the awarding scheme with well-set objectives and targets. The study further recommends the establishment of an independent body with a clear non-partisan presentation. It is hoped that the findings of this study will be a guide to policymakers on issues related to bursary provision.
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