Effects of boarding students’ living conditions on their academic performance in secondary schools:

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management
The objective of this study was to assess the living conditions associated with the academic performance of boarding students in secondary schools in central Division, Masindi Municipality. The assessment was made by the characteristics of the students, living conditions in which feeding, sanitation and accommodation were investigated. Using primary data based on the sample of 180 boarding students from Masindi SS, Ikoba girls’, Jordan Pride SS and Masindi academy SS where data was obtained from boarding students using Questionnaires. Also, secondary data was used to obtain data from the schools in the sampling frame. Random stratified sampling was used since the schools selected had similar living conditions. Data entry, coding and analysis were made using SPSS 16.0 version which displayed frequency distribution and Pearson’s correlation coefficient. Boarding students’ performance was significantly associated with the students’ living conditions that is feeding, sanitation and accommodation since their p-values were less than 0.05(P <0.05) and the characteristics of students under sex, age and time spent in school were not significant since the p-values were greater than 0.05 (level of significance). From the conclusions in chapter five, it was therefore recommended that in schools were living conditions were very poor, the school administration had to set up an agricultural and poultry firms to supplement on the food provided to improve on feeding. The school administration should also include health education on the school time table and also organize health talks to students. Lastly, the ministry of education and sports through the supervision units should ensure that all schools in rural areas follow the guideline on proper accommodation and financially support improvement of school facilities.
Research Report Submitted to the College of Economics and Management in the Department of Economics and Applied Statistics in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Award of Bachelors Degree of Science in Statistics of Kampala International University
Boarding students, Academic performance, Secondary schools, Masindi Central Division, Masindi Municipality.