Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic Regulations on Secondary School Students in Kyotera Town Council

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Date
2023-09-25
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
Uganda Christian University
Abstract
The study aimed at exploring the effects of COVID-19 pandemic regulations on secondary school students in Kyotera Town Council, Kyotera District. The study objectives included; to examine the effects of COVID-19 pandemic regulations on students learning in selected secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council, to examine the outcomes of COVID-19 pandemic regulations on students’ wellbeing in selected secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council, and to identify the students’ copying mechanisms of COVID-19 pandemic regulations in selected secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council. The study employed a cross-sectional research design, where both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used. The sample comprised of (5) head teachers, (5) school counselors, (5) deputy head teachers, (25) teachers and (100) students. These were purposively and simple randomly selected. Data was collected through questionnaires and interviews. Data was analyzed quantitatively through the SPSS and thematic content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data. Study findings revealed that there is a positive significant relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic regulations and students’ learning in selected secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council (r=0.686, p=0.000) with a regression R2 of .471. It revealed that the COVID-19 regulations has contributed to dropout of students, students have limited contact with colleagues, children learning less through distance education been observed, and school closure have affected studying practical subjects. The study also revealed that there is a positive significant relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic regulations and students’ wellbeing in selected secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council (r=.589, p=0.000) with a regression R2 of .346. It revealed that as a result of Covid-19 pandemic regulations, school have been burdened by mental health consequences among students, schools experience failure to afford the expenses SOPs, there is stress and fear of COVID-19 infection; there is increasing negative feeling among students, and they have experienced stress, anxiety and depression. The study further revealed that routine screening for SARS-CoV-2 virus, emphasize of e-learning platforms and lessons; restricted visitors, routine counselling of all students, and need to adopt transmission control measures like wearing masks, social distancing and regular hand-washing; these are the major students’ copying mechanisms of COVID-19 pandemic regulations in selected secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council. Basing on the study findings, it is was therefore concluded that most secondary schools in Kyotera Town Council practice copying mechanisms of COVID-19 pandemic regulations. The study recommended that schools should emphasize e-learning; and areas of further research were suggested.
Description
This is a dissertation.
Keywords
Citation