Indiscipline and Academic Achievement Among Secondary School Students in Kilifi County, Kenya: A Correlational Study

Jane Waithira Karimi, Jacinta Aswani Kwena, Alice Anika


Secondary school student, academic achievement has received little research attention in relation to indiscipline. The main objective of this study is to establish the relationship between indiscipline and academic achievement among public secondary school students in Kilifi County. Correlational research design was adopted. The target population was year 2018 form four students in public secondary schools in Kilifi County. Purposive, simple random and cluster sampling procedures were used in the selection of schools, teachers and students. The study sample size was about 279, comprised of 145 girls and 126 boys, six class teachers and two discipline masters. Data was collected using discipline scale for teachers and students. Students’ academic achievements data was obtained from mean scores of the end of second-term examination. Data analysis was done using both descriptive and inferential statistical procedures. The results revealed a strong negative relationship between indiscipline and academic achievement; slight differences of the indiscipline mean score between male and female participants was also found.  Recommendation of the study was that parents, teachers and the society as a whole should corporate and help to reduce incidences of indiscipline behaviors among students, so as to give students stable mind to learn in order to perform well academically.

Key words: Indiscipline, academic achievement, relationship, secondary schools students.

DOI: 10.7176/JEP/11-12-15

Publication date: April 30th 2020

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