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Kenyans’ views on teachers

In December 2016, Twaweza East Africa commissioned Ipsos Kenya to gather feedback on a number of our areas of work, through a nationally representative “omnibus” survey. The survey consists of face to face interviews with randomly selected respondents, aged 18 or over, using a semi-structured questionnaire administered through smart phones.

A sample size of 2,057 interviews was achieved with a margin of error +/-2% at 95% confidence interval. This sample was distributed evenly based on the estimated population size, and is also representative of the rural/urban clustering.

In this brief, we summarize the findings from the questions which gathered Kenyans’ view on teachers and the teaching profession. These questions help to inform Twaweza’s What Works in Education (WWE) Unit in planning for initiatives around teacher motivation.

Key findings include:

  • Only about 14% and 16% parents want their male and female children respectively to join the teaching profession.
  • Perceived low pay for teachers and the frequent strikes are the major reasons many parents would rather their children do not become teachers.
  • On the other hand, teachers and the teaching profession is still highly regarded by Kenyans.
  • Majority of Kenyans think monetary incentives are the most effective in motivating teachers to attend school regularly, and also teach as required.

These findings reveal interesting insights around how the teaching profession and how teachers are viewed in Kenya; to our knowledge, there aren’t other publicly available data on perceptions of the teaching profession among Kenyans.

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Organizations: Twaweza East Africa

Pages: 5

Type: Policy brief

Year: 2017

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