The study was carried out to investigate the factors affecting academic performance of
learners with mental deficit in regular schools. The study had the following objectives.
To find out whether there are teachers in regular schools with appropriate skills to handle
learners with mental retardation. To find out the attitudes of teachers towards inclusion of
learners with mental deficit in regular schools. The other objective was to find out the
existence of learners with mental retardation in regular schools and to identify the factors
that need to be considered before implementation of education programmes for learners
with mental deficit in regular schools. The findings of the study revealed that untrained
personnel, large number of pupils in a class, competition of the school and class mean
scores, inadequate special facilities and resources, teachers’ negative attitudes towards
learners with mental retardation, unmodified curriculum and lack of awareness in schools
about learners with mental retardation and the importance of their retardation. Some of
the recommendations made out of the findings of the study include: Government policies
on special needs education should be emphasized by the education officers and provincial
administration within Embu municipality. This will help to achieve declaration of
Education For All (EFA). The government should equip the schools with special facilities
and resources needed to handle learner with mental retardation, this will give a chance to
the learners with mental retardation join regular schools, hence improve their academic
performance. More teachers should be trained in special needs education. More teachers
should be employed to assist in handling large classes and a lot of awareness be created in the community on the importance of education for all regardless of individual differences.
KINYUA, E (2021). Factors Affecting Academic Performance Of Learners With Mental Deficit In Regular Schools Embu Municipality Kenya. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-academic-performance-of-learners-with-mental-deficit-in-regular-schools-embu-municipality-kenya
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KINYUA, ESTHER . "Factors Affecting Academic Performance Of Learners With Mental Deficit In Regular Schools Embu Municipality Kenya" Afribary (2021). Accessed August 01, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-academic-performance-of-learners-with-mental-deficit-in-regular-schools-embu-municipality-kenya