Assessing Factors that Affect Female Trainees’ Academic Achievement in Teacher Training Colleges of Tigrai, Ethiopia

Teklu Gebremedhin


The study was conducted in teacher education colleges of Tigrai with a prime objective of assessing factors that affect the academic achievement of female trainees. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected from participants using primary and secondary data sources. Questionnaire, key informant interview and document analysis were used as data collection instruments. Primary data was collected from female trainees, female instructors, management bodies, student council and gender office coordinators.  In this study simple random sampling was employed. Using Yemane’s sample size determination formula 263 female trainees were participated in the study. Descriptive statistics was used as data analysis technique in this study. The finding revealed that female trainees’ register low academic achievement as compare to male trainees due to multifaceted factors such as institutional, instructors’, parents’ and female trainees’ related factors. Institutional factors include lack of guidance and counseling service, less attractive rewards given for better achievers, lack of proper reading place, lack of health care services in the campus and lack of dormitory service. Moreover, lack of role model female instructors and instructors’ effective advisory role are instructors’ related factors that affect female trainees’ academic success. In addition female trainees’ academic success hinders by their self-motivation, low self-confidence, low studying effort, poor academic performance in high school, peer pressure, low reading experience in library and low attitude for education.  Parents’ socio-economic background and financial support were also parents’ related factors. Hence, the researchers recommends colleges, Tigrai education bureau, academic staff and other governmental and non- governmental organizations should give due attention to narrow the gap and improve the academic achievement of female trainees and promote their competency.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Female trainees, education, GPA, College, Tigrai

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-23-05

Publication date: December 31st 2019

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