Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 4(5), pp. 374-386, May, 2013         
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Management of pupil discipline in Kenya: A Case Study of Kisumu Municipality

1Martha Anyango Ouma, *1Enose M. W. Simatwa and 2T. D. K. Serem

1Department of Educational Management and Foundations, Maseno University
2Maasai Mara University

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Received May 20, 2013; Accepted May 29, 2013


Pupil discipline is a major concern to educators, parents and the entire society. Head teachers, Deputy head teachers, class teachers and prefects have a responsibility in the school to mould and account for the behaviour of learners to meet the expectations of the society. Between 2006 and 2010 public primary schools in Kisumu Municipality experienced 9870 cases of pupil indiscipline. In Kenya the Ministry of Education recognizes suspension, exclusion and guidance and counselling as methods of managing pupil discipline in schools. Pupil discipline problems experienced in primary schools included; noise making which was rated 3.7, failure to complete assignment 3.8, truancy 4.0, lateness 4.0, theft 3.5, sneaking 3.5. Effective methods of dealing with indiscipline were; Involving parents who was rated 4.2, Guidance and counselling 4.2, manual work 4.0, caning 3.3 and reprimanding 2.4. The study recommended that appropriate pupil discipline management methods be used in schools to create peace and harmony. The findings of this study are useful to head teachers, teachers and policy makers in education in terms of formulation of policy guidelines and their implementation in the management of pupil discipline in primary schools.

Keywords: Management, Pupil Discipline, Public Primary Schools, Kisumu Municipality, Kenya. 

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