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Commerce Paper 2, Nov/Dec. 2010  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Main
General Comments
Strength
Weakness/Remedies
Question 3

(a) State five features of a co-operative society
(b) Explain five disadvantages of a co-operative society

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observation

This was poorly attempted, they did not understand the word "features", they were writing about the formation of co-operative society.
The features are as follows:
1. Open membership-anybody in the same line of trade can become member.
11.They do not sell on credit.
111. Their profits are tax free.
IV.  It is managed by elected management committee.
The disadvantages of co-operative society are:
i. Inefficient management
ii. Disincentive to invest more capital or give loans, the profit are shared based on patronage instead of on capital invested.
iii.Democratic means of electing the leaders etc.

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