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1.1     Background to the Study
Students are key stakeholders and the most essential resources in education. It is absolutely necessary to direct ents to exhibit acceptable attitude and behavior within and outside the school. In an attempt to achieve an organized and peaceful school environment and maintain law and order, school management specifies rules and regulations to guide the activities of members of the educational institution. Student’s discipline is a prerequisite to almost everything a school has to offer ents (McGregory, 2006).

Seifert and Vornberg further link discipline with both the culture and climate of the school thus according to them in order for a satisfactory climate to exist within a school, a certain level of discipline must exist. In schools where discipline is a serious problem, for example, where ents bully others, parents can transfer their children to „better‟ schools. Since the well behaved ents usually perform well their transfer can affect the overall performance of that school.

However punishment can aggravate behavior instead of curbing it (Rigby, 2000). The problem of indiscipline in schools is a global issue of great concern, traversing political, economic, geographical, racial and even gender boundaries (Kajubi, ). There is a growing concern regarding indiscipline in schools within the United Arab Emirates where teaching methods were blamed for the children’s indiscipline (Mukharjee, 2005).

The parents were getting anxious and frustrated as they complained of the rising incidents of indiscipline and violence in schools. The concern was not only on the risk of destruction of property and injury to persons but also the poor academic performance associated with the growing trend of indiscipline.

Along with academic performance, school discipline ranks as one of the major concerns voiced by the public about schools and the school system in countries worldwide. These concerns are echoed in frequent and often dramatic media reports of disruptive ents, ent riots, bullying and violence in classrooms and playgrounds. There is a continuing and growing perception that behavior problems are endemic in schools, that teachers are struggling to maintain order, and that school authorities are unable to guarantee the safety of ents (Mutua, 2004).

A y by MANTEP, (1995) describes school rules as principles or orders which monitor and guide behavior in a particular school institution. School regulations are official orders that a particular school adopts to ensure proper ents’ behavior.

Mosha, (2006) established that school rules and regulations have specific functions including: to prepare pupils as good citizens who become better people in adult life; to make ents realize that offenders are punished which will encourage them to obey the laws of the country and to conform to accepted norms and rules of conduct; and to encourage cooperation and harmony in the society.

Some of the school regulations are part and parcel of school rules. School rules are principles or orders which guide behavior in schools. Some of the rules include being punctual, maintaining neatness and cleanness, living in peace and order, being obedient to teachers, parents and the community, taking care of school materials, equipment and buildings.

In principle school rules and regulations function together to ensure that school rules are maintained for the smooth running of the education institution. Teachers believe that when ents are properly disciplined and controlled, there is order, peace and harmony in the school (MANTEP, 1995). According to Schimmel (1997, 2003), school rules and rule making can be related to citizenship education.

A vital part of education for school rules is an enlightened process for teaching ents the norms of citizenship. As Schimmel, (1997) observes, “School rules are, after all, a form of law that applies to ent‟ (p. 70). Schimmel (2003)

however, argues that instead of encouraging active and democratic citizenship, school rules as hidden curriculum of citizenship education in many or most schools undermines the goals of citizenship education when ents have no voice in developing or revising them‟ (Schimmel, 2003: 18).

1.2     Statement of the blem

Schools play an important role in the socialization process of the young people from where they learn to regulate their own conduct, respect towards others, manage their time responsibly and thus becoming responsible citizens (Tait, 2003).

Despite the fact that school rules and regulations are clearly made and stipulated in almost all s, still there are reports of some serious misbehavior among ents (Izahak, 2006; HAKI ELIMU, , Mbepera, 2008; Meena & Kuleana, 2009).

Since it is the and school administration that set these rules, little is known about ents’ perceptions on school rules and regulations in promoting self- discipline; making them realize that offenders are punished and encouraging to obey laws of the country;

conforming to social norms and rules of conduct; encouraging co-operation and harmony in the community, it is therefore at best to find out the perception of ents on school rules and regulation in promoting acceptable behavior.

1.3     Objectives of the Study

The main objectives of this y is to find out the perception of ents on school rules and regulation in promoting acceptable behavior, specifically the y intends to:

1.     Find out the if the ents are involved in the formulation of school rules and regulations

2.     Examine way the school rules and regulations implemented enhance discipline

3.     Find out the perceptions of ents on school regulations and rules in making them good citizens

4.     Find out the attitude of ents towards rules and regulations in s

1.4     Research Questions

1.     Are the ents involve in the formulation of school rules and regulations?

2.     In what way is the school rules and regulations implemented enhance discipline?

3.     What is the perceptions of ents on school regulations and rules in making them good citizens?

4.     What is the attitude of ents towards rules and regulations in s?

1.5     Research Hypothesis
Ho: school rules has no influence on ents in making them discipline
Hi: school rules has influence on ents in making them discipline

1.6     Significance of the Study

The y will be of significance to curriculum developers in that it will help align the curriculum to address issues of discipline amongst ents. The content for secondary education should therefore be designed with a view of equipping the learners with relevant knowledge that emphasizes on maintenance of rules and regulations that enhances discipline so as to produce law abiding citizens.

This y will help in ensuring that the education ministry reviews the existing framework so that it enhances discipline through effective rules and regulations. This y will help school administrators to come up with rules and regulations that are effective and efficient in discipline enhancement amongst ents and the staffs.

This y will also help in addressing issues of ent indiscipline and parents as well as the wider society will benefit since the costs associated with ent indiscipline will be minimized.

1.7     Scope of the Study

This y focus on perceptions of secondary ents on how school rules and regulations promote acceptable behavior among the s ents. This research work will therefore be conducted in Covenant university , teachers and ents of the school will be sampled for this research.

1.8     Delimitation of the Study
Finance for the general research work will be a challenge during the course of y. Correspondents also might not be able to complete or willing to submit the questionnaires given to them.

However, it is believed that these constraints will be worked on by making the best use of the available materials and spending more than the necessary time in the research work. Therefore, it is strongly believed that despite these constraint, its effect on this research report will be minimal, thus, making the objective and significance of the y achievable.


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1.9     Definition of s
Perception:  In this y perception is an idea, a belief or an image ent have as a result of how they see or understand School Rules and Regulations (Machumu, 2011)

School rules: are principles or orders which guide behavior in schools. For example, all secondary ents are expected to be in school uniforms when in school. Normally, school rules are made by the headmasters or headmistress and his/her staff.

Some school rules may need the endorsement of a school board.
Discipline: refers to the means by which school staff maintain order and regulate the behaviors of ents, involving rules that govern goal orientation and behavior inside and outside the institution, including the socialization processes that happen in the school.






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