EFFECTS OF HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY ON THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG PUPILS IN MUKURU INFORMAL SETTLEMENT, IN NAIROBI COUNTY, KENYA

  • Kashindi Tabaro Christophe Institute of Social Ministry in Mission, Tangaza University College
  • Gisore Billiah Nyamoita Kisii University, Kisii, Kenya
  • Daniel M. Kitonga Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya

Abstract

Purpose: The study assessed the effects of household food security on academic performance among pupils in Mukuru informal settlement, Nairobi County.


Methodology: The population of the study consisted of 7565 participants from Mukuru. Stratified, purposive and simple random sampling techniques were used to select a sample size of 205 respondents (100 children, 10 teachers and 85 parents from the study area, and 10 officials from the Ministry of Education), who responded to the households access to food in Mukuru informal settlement, factors hindering the attainment of households food security, effect of household food security on academic performance of pupils. A descriptive research survey was conducted, using a mixed method. Data collected were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Correlation analysis and regression analysis were used to determine the relationships and significance between variables.


Results:The key finding indicated that there is a strong positive relation between the effects of food security and academic performance; it established a positive association between the variables with a significance ‘‘R’’ value of .635 and a coefficient of determination R square of 0.404.


Unique Contribution to Theory, Practice and Policy: From the findings, some recommendations were made, for the government to formulate policies that would help improve food security so as to reduce its effects on pupils’ academic performance, also creation of jobs to increase employment which would offer people opportunities to raise their income.


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Author Biographies

Kashindi Tabaro Christophe, Institute of Social Ministry in Mission, Tangaza University College

Author

Gisore Billiah Nyamoita, Kisii University, Kisii, Kenya

Lecturer

Daniel M. Kitonga, Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya

Lecturer

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2019-09-24
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CHRISTOPHE, Kashindi Tabaro; NYAMOITA, Gisore Billiah; KITONGA, Daniel M.. EFFECTS OF HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY ON THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG PUPILS IN MUKURU INFORMAL SETTLEMENT, IN NAIROBI COUNTY, KENYA. Journal of Poverty, Investment and Development, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 21 - 35, sep. 2019. ISSN 2520-4637. Available at: <https://www.iprjb.org/journals/index.php/JPID/article/view/975>. Date accessed: 14 nov. 2019.
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