The effect of Child Abuse on Academic Performance of Primary School Children in Mugoiri Zone, Kahuro Division, Murang'a North District Of Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
A few years ago, children were taken to be a communal responsibility. The children act is the main document that takes up issues of child protection. Despite the Children Act and the government's effort to fight against child violence, children are still abused. Statistics have shown that the violators of children rights are more often than not persons known to them, that is, family members, neighbours, teachers and other acquaintances. Children are meant to be nurtured until they mature. This is a responsibility of the community in the wider sense including the government. During the survey it was evident that child abuse is commonly experi-enced, within the family - (Familial abuse) outside their family (extra-family) and in various institutions (Institutional abuse). This has greatly, contributed to poor academic performance in Mugoiri zorie. Lack of trained and functional body to handle cases of child abuse, •in the institutions has contributed to a negative impact. Finally, there is need for the education implementers to join hands with all the' ·stakeholders to promote a conducive environment for learners in order to improve the academic performance in schools hence a bright future for the learners.
A research project submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment for the Award of Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Education Kampala International University Uganda.
Child Abuse, Academic Performance, Primary School Children, Murang'a North District Of Kenya.