The Impact of Drug Abuse on Academic Performance in Public Secondary Schools in Kishapu District

Masenga, Paulo Peter (2017) The Impact of Drug Abuse on Academic Performance in Public Secondary Schools in Kishapu District. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study mainly investigated the impact of drug abuse on academic performance of students in public secondary schools in Kishapu District. The study aimed specifically to identify common types of drugs abused by the students, to explore causes of drug abuse among students in the study area, to assess rate of school attendance among children involved in drug abuse, finally to assess terminal and annual examination performance among students involved in drug abuse. The Social Developmental Theory guided this study whereas descriptive survey design was also employed in collecting data through questionnaires and guided interview. Targeted population of the respondents was 142 of which 100 students were selected from 4 public secondary schools through random sampling whereby thematic data analysis approach was used and data was presented descriptively with quotations, tables and figures. Finally, quantitative information was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) computer program. Furthermore the findings showed that majority of students accepted that drug abuse is a negative sign towards their academic performance and one of the major reasons for drug abuse among the students was to be appreciated by friends and marijuana was said to be the most frequently abused drug followed by alcohol and cigarette. Addition to that, the rate of school or class attendance for students who involved in consumption of drugs was observed to be poor hence lead to low in academic performance. The study recommended for initiation of comprehensive programmes that may engage the youth within schools more active rather than being idle such as tree planting among others.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2018 12:25
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2018 12:25
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1985

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