Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(2), pp. 052-062, April 2014
Manuscript Number: 022714128
Gate-keeping Manifest in Secondary Schools
Daniel Madzanire (Mr)
Great Zimbabwe University Box 1235, Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
Email: danielmadzanire @ gmail. com
The study undertook to investigate the manifestation of
gate-keeping particularly in secondary schools.
Phenomenological research design which emphasises the
participants’ lived experiences was used. Face-to-face as
well as focus group interviews were used to gather data.
Forty-four (44) third year Bachelor of Education Sociology
students constituted the population for this study.
Purposive sampling was used to select a sample of 16
participants comprising two secondary school administrators,
12 secondary school teachers and two parents. It emerged
from the study that gate-keeping in secondary schools
manifests through enrolment cut off entry points, affordable
fees, the cultural and sporting domains of the curriculum,
learners’ connection to influential figures, religious
affiliation of the learner, school pass rate and distance.
It was recommended that the stakeholders in education can
target dealing with gate-keepers to secondary education.
Keywords: gate-keeping, manifest, secondary school, content.
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