An investigation of the impact of child labor on academic performance of pupils in selected schools in Nadunget Sub-County, Moroto District, Karamoja Sub Region, North East Uganda

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
This study assessed the impact of Child labor on academic performance of pupils in selected primary schools in Mpigi town council in Mpigi district. Four specific objectives, four research questions were formulated with four null hypotheses associated. Survey research design~ was adopted. The population for the study was 37,700 drawn from the three educational zone of Niger States. A sample of 600 respondents from classes 4, 5, and 6 were randomly selected for the study. The instruments used for data collection were a self-design questionnaire, school attendance register and report cards. Frequency distribution and percentages were used to analyze the data obtained from the respondents. All the four null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance and all were rejected. The findings revealed that children exposed to labor activities had very poor school attendance, were mostly females. The findings, also showed child labor affect pupil’s academic performance as was revealed on the poor academic achievements by pupils exposed to labor were mostly females, compared to their male counterparts. The study recommended among others that children exposed to labor should be given equal right to attend school regardless of any engagement in labor activity. It also recommended that government/parents should develop strategies to reduce or eradicate child labor activities.
Research report submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University
Child Labor, Schools in North East Uganda, Academic Performance of Pupils