The Causes and effects of indiscipline in Garissa schools: a case study of County High School
Namisi, Kisaka, Joseph
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The central problem of this study was that despite discipline being a pre-requisite for the success or any school, indiscipline cases have been on the rise The school investigated was a three-streamed boys school called County High School in Garissa District and has earned itself a name in the district as one of the most indisciplined schools. Thus, the increasing indiscipline cases has raised concern especially among the stakeholders like parents, and consequently this prompted research into the issue. That school ought to have been moulding students into morally upright citizens and enable them succeed academically for them to participate in national development; and yet this school has ended up failing to achieve this goal. In fact, this has translated into a great loss of the human resource, which are students who have not benefited academically and morally after undergoing through the school process. The purpose of this study was to analyze in details the indiscipline cases in County High School. The objectives of the study are the types of indiscipline cases in County High School, the causes of indiscipline, the effects of indiscipline, the role of the community in promoting indiscipline and finally the steps being undertaken by the school to curb indiscipline. This is a case study of County High School in Garissa District. The target population included one head teacher, ten parents, twenty-five teachers and one hundred and thirty-eight students. The information was elicited by the use of questionnaires, interviews and observation. Data were analyzed by use of descriptive statistics and observation. The findings show that the main indiscipline cases in County High School are: fighting amongst students, drug abuse and lateness for instance to class and school assembly; while major causes of indiscipline are influence of drugs, lack .•of, dialogue, laxity of parents and of the school administration. According to the findings, the effects of indiscipline are: poor performance, high dropout rate, occurrence of strikes in the school, damage to school property and also low enrolment in the schooL, P..9_<?prerformance was found to be caused by persistence of indiscipline in the school, students admitted in formone performed poorly ill their K.C.P.E National Examinations, scarcity of teachers in some subjects and regular sending of students home to collect school fees. The high dropout rate was found to be caused by prolonged suspensions, lack of school fees, and personal differences of students with teachers and the school administration. Strikes were found to be caused by lack of preparation by teachers, misappropriation of school funds and lack of teacher in some subjects. Finding reveal that damage to school property is caused by fighting over use and possession of school property, school not strict in punishing deviant students, and damaging accidentally school property. Finally, low enrolment as an effect is caused mainly by poor performance According to the findings, the role the community played in promoting indiscipline was by selling drugs to students and not reporting indiscipline cases by students outside the school to the school administration. Finally, the findings show that the major step being undertaken by the school to curb indiscipline is by strengthening the department of guidance and counselling. The study recommends that the concerned parties should play their roles effectively, and the department of guidance and counselling should be strengthened .