Effects and implication of corona virus (covid 19) on learners’ education participation in public primary schools, a case study of meru south sub county of Kenya
SR Hellen Wambui Wainaina
The study aimed at identifying and establishing the effects and implication of coronavirus (COVID 19) on learners' education participation in public primary schools, with a case study of Meru South Sub County of Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives; to establish the challenges facing learners during coronavirus dawn to dusk curfews, to identify the barriers associated with e-learning during coronavirus dawn to dusk curfews, and to explore the households experience with learners at homes during coronavirus dawn to dusk curfews in Meru South Sub County. The study applied the classical liberal theory of equal opportunity. The study employed mixed research methodology approaches. A total sample size of 80 participants was targeted and semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from 40 public primary school learners in class 7 and 8, 20 parents, and 20 teachers since all were at home during COVID19 lockdown. The study participants were selected using convenience sampling procedure. Quantitative data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 21 and Microsoft’s Excel. Qualitative data was organized thematically according to the research interview schedule and presented in narratives and direct quotes. The study findings revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on education participation among learners, parents, and teachers. Based on the findings from the study, the parents and learners did not expect changes of that high magnitude and were not in line with expectations that the spread of COVID-19 would cause fear, anxiety, and other concerns among residents of Meru South Sub County. The majority of class 8 pupils feared that learning may be modified and the learning contents may come from different sources which may lead to mass failure in national examination hindering their education aspirations. Pupils who were confined at home with their parents due to COVID-19 felt more stressed and anxious about the opening date, as well as their future in education participation. The majority of pupils never listened to radio teaching although they had radios at home, while majority don’t have computers, television sets, or laptops which affected pupils' participation in online learning. Some parents were forced to buy smart-phones which was not in their budget, so as to assist in e-learning introduced by the government. However, based on the findings, the study recommends that it would be advisable to increase the number of school counselors that will be able to offer relevant support in these circumstances. Also, small group tuition may be a sensible approach to help weaker and those from rural background students make academic progress more quickly.
SR Hellen Wambui Wainaina. Effects and implication of corona virus (covid 19) on learners’ education participation in public primary schools, a case study of meru south sub county of Kenya. International Journal of Advanced Education and Research, Volume 5, Issue 6, 2020, Pages 57-64