ISSN : 2047-2528

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WOMEN CHOICE OF PROJECTS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF PUPILS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: THE CASE OF MIRAA PROJECTS IN RUNYENJES DIVISION, EMBU, KENYA
 
Njue, Nicasio Gicovi and Kyalo, Dorothy Ndunge
 
 
The study investigated women choice of projects and implications on academic performance of their standard eight pupils. The independent variables were: nature of project, time spent in project and the women’s attitudes towards the project. The parameter was the examination results of the standard eight pupils. Observation indicated that while women engagement in miraa related projects was on rise, the performances in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education were deteriorating in Runyenjes Division. A descriptive survey was used to describe and interpret the practices and viewpoints emerging from the 64 women and 4 head teachers regarding the choices of the projects. Non-miraa projects such as poultry keeping, green houses and dairy keeping was used as control. Mainly semi-structured questionnaires and interview schedules were used to collect the data. However, focused group discussions and unstructured observations were used to supplement the data. The findings from documentary analysis cum cross tabulation indicated that the choice of project by women moderated the parenting role for pupils to perform in school. More specifically, the choice of miraa project antagonized the parenting role thus negatively affecting the academic performance of the pupils compared to non-miraa projects. The study recommends that for sustainable development, there is need to conduct adequate analysis of stakeholder, need and risk.

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