The Effect of Parents’ Socio-Economic Status on Girl Child Dropout in Selected Primary Schools in Ntungamo Municipality
This study investigated the effect of parents’ socio-economic status on girl child dropout in selected primary schools in Ntungamo Municipality. This was conducted after realizing that there were many Girls in Ntungamo Municipality that had dropped out of school yet they were supposed to be studying. The study was guided by three specific objectives that included; identifying the causes of high girl child dropout in primary schools in Ntungamo Municipality, examining the effects of parents socio-economic status on high girl child dropout rate in primary schools in Ntungamo Municipality and establishing how the school environment influences high girl child dropout rate in Primary Schools in Ntungamo Municipality. A case study research design was adopted by this study. A mixed approach that included qualitative and quantitative approaches was employed. Using questionnaires and interview guide data collection tools, data was collected from 374 respondents that included female pupils, parents, teachers, head teachers and Municipal Education Officer. The collected data was later cross checked for completeness and analyzed with the aid of SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) computer package to develop frequencies, percentages and standard deviations. Later it was presented in form of tables for interpretation in Microsoft word. The first study objective about the causes of high child dropout in primary schools in Ntungamo Municipality found out that the major identified reason for girl child dropout was family issues such as poverty, beliefs as revealed by 46.6% respondents that were the majority. The second study objective about the effects of parents’ socio-economic status on high girl child dropout rate in primary schools in Ntungamo Municipality revealed that parents’ socio-economic status was not related to high girl child dropout in primary schools. The third study objective about the how the school environment influenced high girl child dropout rate in Primary Schools found out that school environment influenced the academic performance of pupils. The study makes recommendations to the concerned stakeholders including the government of Uganda, parents and girl children in Ntungamo Municipality for example; The government of the Republic of Uganda and other agencies like UNICEF are recommended to allocate girl voices in primaries and in the public so that they are catered for by providing all their required facilities including sanitary items so that they are not stigmatized and discouraged from attending schools.
A Research Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Education in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Master’s Degree of Arts in Education Management of Kabale University
Parents’ Socio-Economic Status, Girl Child Dropout , Primary Schools