Factors determining English test score of high school students in rural Nepal

Author/s:

Neupane, Pramila*
University of Tsukuba, Japan (pramila.neupane.gb@u.tsukuba.ac.jp)

Thapa, Rajesh Bahadur
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal (rajesh.thapa@icimod.org)

Sapkota, Jeet Bahadur
University of Tsukuba, Japan (sapkota.jeet.gb@u.tsukuba.ac.jp)

Abstract:

Due to globalization and internationalization of education, the importance of English language has been growing consistently. Like many other countries around the globe, English is taught as a compulsory subject from the primary level in Nepal. Despite continuous public and private efforts, achievement in English education is not satisfactory, especially in rural areas, due to numerous socio-cultural and other factors. Thus, this article explores some important determinants of English achievement of high school students in Rural Nepal. Through the questionnaire responses of 407 students from the four villages of Sindhupalchok district, which is explored using Cremer’s V analysis, a strong association between students’ English test score and their socio-cultural, family, school and personal factors was found.

Keywords: English education; questionnaire survey; rural Nepal; test score

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2017.1797

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