CHALLENGES FACED BY CLASS ONE CHILDREN IN LEARNING KISWAHILI IN NGONG DIVISION, KAJIADO NORTH DISTRICT

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This study looked into the challenges faced by class one children of public schools in learning Kiswahili in
Ngong Division, Kajiado North District. Several researches in learning languages have been carried out in
developed countries. Language is basic to all communication between one person and another world over. In
Ngong Division Kiswahili is a second language thus  there was a need for a research of this kind. The
purpose of this study was to investigate the challenges faced by class one children in learning Kiswahili
language in Ngong Division, Kajiado North District. Study objectives were to identify challenges, determine
causes of the challenges and suggest solutions to the challenges faced. It was limited to selected primary
schools in Ngong Division due to financial constraints and delimited to class one pupils in public schools,
class one teachers and head teachers. The assumption was that there were challenges class one children
faced in learning Kiswahili. Relevant literature on language learning was reviewed with Krashen’s affective
filter theory being the theoretical framework.. The design of the study was descriptive survey. Target
population for the study was public primary schools in Ngong Division. A random sample of 17 primary
schools was used. Class one children, their teachers and head teachers were used. Instruments used were a
questionnaire, an interview guide and an observation schedule. Also used was the class one timetable and
pupils daily diary. Piloting was done in eight primary schools not involved in the main research because
they shared similar characteristics. Data were collected using the above instruments by the researcher and
trained research assistants. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software for statistical analyses. The
study found that many class one children did not learn Kiswahili in preschools. The instructional resources
were inadequate, there was lack of competence in teaching Kiswahili amongst some teachers

Author: 
GITONGA BERNICE WANGECHI
Unit: 
COMMTECH

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