The objective of this study was to determine the reasons for the parents sending their\ud children to lowest performing private secondary schools; and to determine parents\ud expectations on children academic performance in lowest performing private\ud secondary schools in Dar es Salaam region. It employed both quantitative and\ud qualitative approaches. This is descriptive study that utilized structural interviews\ud and questionnaire for data collection. The population was composed of parents with\ud children in the lowest performing private secondary schools in Dar es Salaam Region\ud obtained through purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Data were analyzed\ud qualitatively and presented descriptively. Key findings revealed that parents had\ud several reasons for sending their children to lowest performing private schools and\ud were influenced by the following variables such as; good infrastructure of the school,\ud availability of teaching and learning materials, access to school and child behaviors’\ud were among the reasons for them to send their children to the respective schools.\ud Also the findings revealed that 10 (ten) parents had low expectations towards their\ud children academic performance. 7 (seven) of parents had high expectations
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