Influence of board of management practices on students’ discipline in public secondary schools in Kibwezi sub county, Kenya
Decline in student discipline has become one of the major challenges facing the education sector as the government tries to widen the access to basic education. Any education system has the responsibility of nurturing the growth of the whole person through integrated development of physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual attributes and abilities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of Board of BOM management practices on students’ discipline in public secondary schools in Kibwezi. The study was therefore specifically seeking to establish the extent to which BOM involvement of the students’ decision making in public Secondary schools; Determine the influence of BOM on rewarding of disciplined students and the effect it has on the student discipline; The study also highlighted the influence of Board of management provided motivational talks on student discipline in public secondary schools. And also the study investigated the influence of BOM provided peer counseling facilities and its effect on public on public secondary schools in Kibwezi. The study was based on the health belief model and adopted descriptive survey research design. The study targeted the 32 public secondary schools within the 8 zones in the region. Also targeted 192 BOM members, 611 teachers and student leaders. Piloting was done on three secondary school. Pearsons product moment correlation gave a reliability of 0.7 for questionnaires and validity was ensured through discussion with experts. The stratified sampling technique was used to select schools to participate into educational zones. 30% of the population was used to select the respondents from the entire sub-county. Simple random sampling was then used to select respondent to reduce biasness. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics through percentages and counts and Pearson’s correlations then presented in graphs and tables. The findings showed that the student in most of the secondary schools are not allowed to make decisions on issues affecting their disciplined students in the secondary schools is not right which influences students discipline negatively; The motivational talks programs are not well provided in the secondary schools which has a negative influence on the student discipline; peer counseling facilities are partially provided which has a negative influence in students discipline in secondary schools.