The Role of Discipline in Academic Performance of Children in Primary Schools: Case Study of Lambwe Division, Suba District, Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education,Open and distance Learning
This study was conducted to determine the relationship between discipline and the academic performance of pupils in Primary schools by taking the case of Lambwe Division in Suba District. The study particularly sought to establish the relationship that exists between discipline and the poor academic performance of pupils in Primary Schools. The study was conducted by correlation research design, data collected during the month of May 2008 using questionnaire responses from 200 respondents consisting of 160 pupils, 20 assistant teachers, 5 head teachers and 15 class parents’ representatives randomly selected from the accessible population. The data was analyzed using correlation and percentage distribution technique using bar graphs. The study establishes that there is significant relationship between the degree of discipline and the level of academic performance and that the pupils have been performing poorly in the National Examinations due to the rampant indiscipline prevalent in the schools. The study concludes that discipline must be improved in our schools and therefore recommends that some strategies be used like involving pupils in planning and decision making of matters, allowing free discussion between pupils, teachers and parents and identifying and rewarding distinguished well behaved pupils in the school among others.
The Dissertation Submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning In Partial Fulfilment of Requirements or the Degree of Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Education of Kampala International University
Discipline, Academic Performance, Primary Schools, Kenya