School Infrastructure Utilization and Students’ Academic Performance of Secondary Schools in Kajara County, Ntungamo District
The study examined the influence of school infrastructure utilization on learners’ academic performance in Kajara county, Ntungamo District. The study was guided by the following objectives: to examine how physical infrastructure affects students’ performance in Kajara county, Ntungamo District; to establish how co-curricular infrastructure affects students’ performance in Kajara county, Ntungamo District; and, to analyze how health and sanitation infrastructure affects students' performance in Kajara county, Ntungamo District. The researcher used a cross-sectional survey design with both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The study population consisted of head teachers, teachers, health workers and students from candidate classes. A sample size of 148 respondents consisting of 6 head teachers, 6 health officers, 118 students and 18 teachers. The study used both questionnaires and interviews as methods of data collection. After quantitative data was collected, edited, coded and then entered on computer using the Statistical Programme for Social Scientists (SPSS). The relationship between the independent and dependent variable was tested using the Pearson product moment correlation coefficient. Thematic analysis was used during qualitative data analysis. The study found out that there is a strong positive correlation between physical infrastructure and students’ academic performance. This confirms that when the school has sufficient physical infrastructure, there is a high possibility of performing highly academically. The study found out that there is a weak but significant relationship between co-curricular facilities and students’ academic performance. This shows that even when co-curricular facilities are important towards influencing students’ academic performance, their influence largely depends on other factors. The study further found out that there is a strong positive correlation between health and sanitation facilities and students’ academic performance. This is an indication that sanitation facilities in secondary schools have a strong bearing towards influencing students’ academic performance. It can therefore be concluded that there is a strong significant relationship between physical infrastructure, co-curricular facilities, sanitation facilities and students’ academic performance in secondary schools in Kajara County, Ntungamo District. The study recommended that the government should allocate more funding to public secondary schools for construction of adequate learning physical facilities while private secondary schools should be compelled to do so.
A Dissertation Submitted to the Directorate of Postgraduate Training in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Master of Arts in Education Management of Kabale University
School Infrastructure Utilization, Students’ Academic Performance , Secondary Schools