Causes of school dropout among girls in mixed day secondary schools in Kachomo subcounty, Budaka district, eastern Uganda

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Kampala International University, Colleges of Humanities and Social sciences
This study presents the current factors that contribute to school dropouts of girls in mixed day secondary schools in Budaka District particularly in Kachomo Sub-County, with a view of developing possible solutions to the problems that leads to the fore mentioned subject. The study was guided by the following objectives; to determine the extent to which school based factors influence the girls’ drop out in secondary schools, to establish the influence of pregnancy on the dropout rates of girls, to determine the influence of distance to schools on dropout rates of girls, and to develop measures that can be adopted by schools to cab the problems. The study adopted simple random sampling techniques to sample its respondents and vividly get the required data which contributed to the outcome of the study. Since the study primary data, it employed a descriptive survey research design which was suitable to produce statistical information on the topic. The data was collected through questionnaires and interviews to collect the required information which was analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively using statistical tools. The study found out that average age of dropouts among girls is under intervals 1 6-20 years with a percentage of 46%, with 75% of the respondents also responding that school-based factors cannot influence girls to drop out of school in Kachomo Sub County, Budaka District. While a great percentage (100%) of the population agreed that pregnancy has affected girl child which is supported by the longer distances moved by students as it was responded by 70% of the study population. Not only did the study find out that parents lack clear knowledge about the importance of girl child but it also found out that teachers do not carry out the required career guidance talks to both the students and the parents about the need and power of girl child in the community. In conclusion, despite the government efforts to provide equal access for boys and girls, the latter are disadvantaged due to socio economic, social-cultural, and school-based factors. The parents should be sensitized about the importance of girls’ education so as to understand their role and involvement in their girl child education. Every school should be mandated to organize general parents’ meeting to enable the parents to meet teachers and discuss problems affecting their girls’ education. These patents should be advised to motivate girl child to remain in school.
A dissertation submitted to the college of humanities and social sciences in partial fulfillment as a requirement for the award of a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration of Kampala international university
School dropout, Girls, Secondary Schools, Kachomo subcounty- Budaka