International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review
Vol.4 (9), pp. 210-216 September, 2017
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJEPRR/
Article ID:/17/EPRR/034/07 pages
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Original Research Article
Status of disability sports policy implementation in schools in Kakamega County, Kenya
Jasper Wekesa*1, Gordon Nguka1 and Peter Bukhala1
Department of Health Promotion and Sports Science, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya.
*Corresponding Author Email: jasituma(at)yahoo.com
Kenya’s population estimates by 2012 stands at 40.7million people.The number of persons with disabilities stands at an estimate of 1.8million people being a 4.6% of the population. Majority of these persons are in schools. The status and standing of sports policy in Kenya showed that very little relevant public policy or legislation existed that governs and supports sports and development in the country. It was just recently in 2013 that the government of Kenya passed the sports act 2013 which prompts the development of sports from the grassroots through the county to national government. The development of sports in Kenya has been left in the hands of different federations. Kakamega County has a population of 1.661 million people as of 2009 census with the number of persons with disabilities estimated at 76,000. The county government of kakamega has come up with a draft county sports policy which is drawn from the national sports policy to govern the sports activities in the county. The study was a cross-sectional survey. A total of 69 county sports policy implementers took part in the study excluding federation officials. The study used both probability and non-probability sampling where purposive, stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used. Questionnaires were used in data collection and results analyzed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). One way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used. The results indicated that majority of teachers have no knowledge on the existence of a national or county government sports policy. They showed there is no sports policy guiding various sports disciplines other than the rules and regulations of the game making some sports popular than others. They cited various challenges on sports policy implementation among them personnel and infrastructure.
Key words: Sports policy, county government, federations.