An investigation into the effects of discipline on academic performance of selected primary schools in Busabi Sub-County, Butaleja District

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Kampala International University; College of Education Open and Distance Learning
This study was designed to investigate into the effects of discipline on academic performance of selected primary school in Busabi Sub-County, Butaleja District. Discipline in schools is a concern to both parents and educational administrators. As such, on important aspect which head teachers have to deal with as administrators is discipline in their schools. Discipline pays a key role in the process of education. To have an orderly and ideal learning situation, discipline is necessary for teachers and learners discipline in schools can be seen as an important element in the process of socialization and in the formation of character, as a system of control s which enables teaching and learning to take place. Indiscipline in primary schools involves either individual learners or cliques of learners. There is massive deviance of school rules and regulations in Busabi Sub County primary learners which include fighting and bullying within the school, fighting with other schools, interrupting matches, rape, defilement, riots, dodging lessons, stealing, going out without permission, drug abuse, drinking alcohol, smoking and open challenge to school authority. The objectives of the study were to establish what constitutes discipline in primary schools, investigate the academic performance in the schools under study and to establish the relationship between discipline and academic performance. A correlation research design was the most appropriate to use. The researcher used a person product moment correlation coefficient. The subjects involved m the study were head teachers, teachers and learners findings of the study revealed that head teachers and teachers recognize the existence and influence discipline plays in academic performance. Similarly, learners also recognize that if they are not well disciplined, their academic performance is highly affected. The study was based on the following hypotheses; 1. There is no relationship between discipline and academic performance as per learner’s perception. 2. There is no relationship between discipline and academic performance as per teachers' perception. Conclusions were drawn from the general background and the results obtained. All the themes that were used in the research to test the significance of the two null hypotheses were found to be statistically significant. Therefore, both of them were rejected. This confirmed the fact that both teachers and learners recognize the importance of discipline in producing good academic performance.
A research report submitted to the College of Education Open and Distance Learning as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of Degree of Bachelor of Education-Primary of Kampala International University
Academic performance, Primary schools