Perceived influence of students’ performance on chemistry continuous assessment in public secondary schools, Kilifi north sub-county, Kilifi, Kenya


Eunice Kalama
Sammy Ruto
Fred Namasaka


Introduction: The role of continuous assessment practices is to give knowledge and understanding to students in order to motivate and prepare them to achieve good academic performance in chemistry.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of chemistry continuous assessment practices (CCAP) on chemistry performance in public secondary school in Kilifi North Sub-County.

Methodology: A descriptive survey research design was used. Questionnaire instruments were utilized during data collection. Data on chemistry performance was collected `through document analysis. Findings were presented in frequencies, percentages and bar graphs. Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (PPMCC) was used to calculate the correlation between chemistry continuous tests and student’s chemistry performance. 

Results: Current efforts to improve chemistry performance by the Head of Department (HOD’s) and chemistry teachers is by administering class exercise, assignment, end term and unannounced exams to students as part of chemistry continuous assessment practices. Board of Management (BoM), Parent Teachers Association (PTA) committee and other educational stakeholders have been committed to provide enough incentives to buy examination assessment materials to be used in teaching and learning process to improve performance.

Conclusion: Based on the types of chemistry continuous assessment tests, female students had highest mean performance compared with male students. Chemistry Continuous Assessment Practices had a positive impact on students’ performance at KCSE examination.

Recommendation: Efforts should be done by all educational stakeholders to focus on effecting types of chemistry continuous assessment practices in all public secondary schools in Kilifi North Sub-County to improve academic performance.


How to Cite
Kalama, E., Ruto, S., & Namasaka, F. (2024). Perceived influence of students’ performance on chemistry continuous assessment in public secondary schools, Kilifi north sub-county, Kilifi, Kenya. Journal of Educational Research in Developing Areas, 5(2), 150-161.


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