Impact of Drug Abuse on Student’s Academic Performance in Selected Lugazi Senior Secondary Schools, Buikwe District, Uganda.

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Kampala International University, School of Education, Open and Distance and E-learning
Drug abuse is defined as the misuse of drugs. This behavior has long been surmised to explain how students have been academically affected. The study was guided by the objectives; To critically examine if drugs when abused retard academic performance.; To examine if students perform better when under the influence of drugs?; And To raise awareness in the school of local strategies, resources and policies that can be utilized to address drug abuse. It has recently been observed that a significant number of students become dependable on drugs. A study of the impact of drug abuse on academic performance initiated in the hope of understanding the exposure of students to drugs and how they perform. The study design was quantitative using the survey trend design. It involved the use of questionnaires and one to one interviews. Quantitative results showed that academic pursuit of those students who engage in drug misuse is duly jeopardized, and that the abusers do not perform, contrary to seemingly popular expectation. The theoretical analysis is, tackling the issues surrounding drugs will need an integrated approach, bringing together the strategies of several local agencies. Drug education should form part of continuous education throughout the schooling years of secondary school students. Local service providers should ensure information provision is also part of the service provision.
A Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Bachelors of Arts with Education Degree of Kampala International University.
Drug Abuse, Academic performance, Students, Buikwe District