STUDENTS' INDISCIPLINE: A REFLECTION ON THE CAUSES OF MISBEHAVIOR AMONG LEARNERS IN KENYAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Author's Name: Solomon Gitonga Mwaniki
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Education
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

learners’ misbehavior, causes of misbehavior, student leaders


Abstract

The issue of learners’ misbehavior in the school environment has evoked concerns among key stakeholders in education provision worldwide. The purpose of this study was to indentify the main causes of misbehavior among learners. The specific objectives of the study were; determine common indiscipline cases in schools, identify the causes of learners’ misbehavior according to the school administrators, seek form teachers why learners misbehavior and determine from causes of indiscipline as per the student leaders. The respondents of the study were; school administrators, teachers and student leaders. The study revealed that; the common indiscipline cases in schools are; sneaking out of the school compound, drug abuse, thefts and vernacular speaking. The study further found that the main causes of student indiscipline in the schools are; over-protective guardians, peer pressure, inconsistency of punishments, poor parental care drug abuse, and drug abuse. The study recommends that; the main stakeholders in schools should in a participatory approach probe into the root causes of indentified students’ indiscipline in schools with an aim to reverse the trends

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