JOSEPHINE KAGWIRIA KIRIMI

PhD Student

MOUNT KENYA UNIVERSITY

CITATION: Kirimi J.K (July 2016) The role of examinations on the development of holistic learners in secondary schools, Kiambu county, Kenya: International Journal of Social Sciences & Education (IJSSE) 2 (3), 205-255. ISSN 2105 6008.

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the role of examinations on the development of holistic learners in secondary schools, Kiambu County, Kenya. The research study employed mixed methodology which assisted in the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. The target population for this study was 30 selected public secondary school principals, 450 teachers and the 1200 form three students in Kiambu county Kenya. Purposive sampling was used to select the study groups. The principals were purposively selected using this technique as their number was small enough. The use of this sampling technique assisted in the selection of respondent’s categories with the much needed information concerning this study with a population of diverse group of respondents. The study found that In a bid to assess teachers and principals opinions on the contributions of examinations in the holistic development of learners in Kenya the researcher gathered their views and established that both teachers and principals believed that examinations are mainly used to measure a learners uptake of subject contents as well as their intelligence, while others include informing learners future careers, evaluating the effectiveness of teaching methods and selecting learners for the next level of education.

Keywords; Anti-education, Certification, Development, Education, Examinations, Holistic, Learners and Moral

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