THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MARSABIT IN EDUCATION AND STUDENTS’ RETENTION IN SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN MARSABIT COUNTY – KENYA
Tangaza University College
This study explored the contribution of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit on students’ retention in selected secondary schools in Marsabit County. The objectives of the study were: to establish the effects of Church-family relationship on student’s retention, to find out the contribution of Church initiated programs on students’ retention and to examine the contribution of the Catholic diocese of Marsabit sponsorship and donations on student’s retention: Tinto’s theory of students’ retention and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory guided this study. The purpose of this study was to provide the ministry of education, educators and policy makers with vital information on enhancement of students’ retention. The study adopted convergent parallel mixed method design. The study targeted population of 5,727 which included 12 principals, 48 class teachers, 50 parents, 17 priests and 5,600 students of the twelve secondary schools where the Catholic Church was fully involved in rendering services. The sample size for the study was 477 participants who selected through simple random and purposive sampling methods whereby only 464 participants responded to the study. Questionnaires were used for students and class teachers while interview guide was used for principals, priests and parents. Reliability of the questionnaire instrument was tested through test-retest formula of Pearson before being administered to the target population. The reliability correlation coefficient of the research instruments was 0.92 (92%). Data collected through the questionnaires and interviews was sorted out, coded, analyzed and interpreted through descriptive and inferential analysis using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 20. The findings showed that the Catholic diocese of Marsabit had contributed and impacted positively on the enhancement of student’s retention in secondary school. The study recommended that the policy makers to make policies that allow the Catholic Church and other institution to help in the enhancement of students’ retention, and the school administration to come up with motivation programs to enhance students’ retention. The study also recommended that the students to cooperate in attending any program that can help in their retention in school.
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