Correlation between Students’ Discipline and Performance in The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education
Gitome, J. W.
Katola, M. T.
Nyabwari, B. G.
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Students in secondary schools are still in the age of rapid physical, social, psychological and physiological developments. These developments are accompanied with variety of changes which if not well attended to lead to indiscipline which can negatively affect concentration on studies. In this paper, it is argued that there is a correlation between students’ discipline and performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE). In Kenya, the Ministry of Education (MOE) collaborates with the stakeholders to ensure that students are cognizant of the correlation between discipline and performance in KCSE. The core business of the stakeholders as noted in the paper is to inculcate attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding that value discipline among students. It is further argued that the stakeholders’ withdrawal from achieving the objectives of education lead to indiscipline among students and thus violating the schools’ rules and regulations. The paper utilizes the Okumbe’s (1999) Goal Setting Theory which posits that high-quality performance is based on the individual’s set goals, principles and attitudes. Primary data for the paper were collected from the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) officials, teachers, parents, students, school management boards and the County Education Directors in Kenya. The paper identifies guidance and counseling, parenting and church involvement as mechanisms that can be utilized in inculcating discipline among secondary schools students in Kenya.