Impact of Drug Abuse on Student Performance in Migori County. A Case Study of Kuria Sub-County

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Kampala International University, School of Education, Open and Distance and E-learning
Drug abuse is a general problem in Kenya today especially in areas where there is no adequate supervision that is monitoring of students and effective usage of punishment for deviant behaviors. The study took into consideration the following three objectives: To establish the causes of drug abuse in Kuria sub-county. Examine the negative effects of drug abuse on student’s performance in schools. To find out ways of fighting drug abuse in secondary schools of Kuria sub-county. The study was conducted in Kuria sub-county, in Migori County. The impact of drug abuse was the independent variable while the student performance was the dependent variable. A large number of studies have tried to identify whether there are direct and/or indirect causal links between consumption of addictive substances and poor educational attainment. Most intuitively, alcohol and drug consumption may have some detrimental effects on pupils’ cognitive abilities, for instance, by decreasing their ability to concentrate. The research strategy for this research began by gathering and studying some background information regarding the situation of drug abuse by secondary school students; thereafter the research questions were decided and questionnaires designed for data collection purposes. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis. The results are presented in tables and in form of frequency counts and percentages. The results and discussions are centered on the set objectives of the study. It was found out that drug abuse among students is common and spells danger not only to the youth who abuse the drugs but also to the well being of the nation, because the youth represent the future of its people. Based upon the literature review and the study various recommendations for a prevention and intervention programme are proposed to help address drug abuse among students in Kiria Sub County and the all country at large. The recommendations addresses the role of parents, teachers, local government, media, and the government.
A Dissertation Submitted to the College of Education, Open and Distance Learning in partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree of Arts with Education of Kampala International University
Drug abuse, Kuria Sub-County, Drug abuse on student performance