Teacher Motivational Strategies on Students’ Academic Performance in Day Secondary Schools in Saboti Sub-County,

Catherine Barasa, Patrick Cheben Simiyu, Paul Ejore Ekeno


Teachers motivation has become an important issue given their responsibility to impart knowledge and skills to learners. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of teacher motivation strategies on the students’ performance in day secondary schools of Saboti Sub-County, Trans Nzoia County, Kenya. Specifically, the study sought to establish how staff development, recognition, advancement and incentives influence students’ academic performance in day secondary schools.  This study was conducted in 20 day secondary schools. The study was limited to the information the respondents gave. Simple stratified sampling technique was used for sampling with each stratum being represented by a sample size using the Kreijcie and Morgan table of sample determination.The data collection instrument was the questionnaire which was tested for validity and reliability before being used in the study. Structured questionnaires were administered to the teachers and head teachers of the day secondary schools in Saboti Sub-County. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS).The findings of the study were that most teachers lacked motivation in their work and this accounts for the low performance in these schools. Motivation strategies such as recognition, training and development, incentives and career advancement were minimal in the schools. The study recommends that a variety of motivational strategies be consistently employed by the Teachers Services Commission to enhance teachers’ morale and subsequently students’ academic performance.

Keywords: Teacher, Motivational Strategy, Students, Academic Performance

DOI: 10.7176/JEP/14-12-01

Publication date: April 30th 2023

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