Drug Abuse at Cuea Nairobi.

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THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA
FACULTY OF EDUCATION

EFFECTS OF DRUGS ON THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN AFRICA, NAIROBI

BY
TUIYOT, DENNIS KIBET
REG. NO. 1008189

A PROJECT SUBMITTED TO THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD OF THE DEGREE OF BACHELORS OF EDUCATION

MAY 2012

DECLARATION
I, the undersigned, declare that this project is my original work and the fruit of my hard work, research and personal reflection. It has not been presented to any other college, university or any institution of higher education for academic credit. All information obtained from other sources has been duly acknowledged. Name: Tuiyot, Dennis Kibet

Signature: __________________ Date: ________________

This project has been submitted for examination with my approval as the university supervisor Name: Dr. Sr. Jacinta Mary Adhiambo
Signature: __________________ Date: ____________________

It has been accepted by the Head of Undergraduate Studies in Education Name: Dr. Paschal Wambiya
Signature: __________________ Date: _____________________

DEDICATION
I dedicate this project to God, my lecturers at CUEA, my friends and family especially my mother.

ABSTRACT
Drug abuse is becoming an increasing problem in Kenya. A number of studies carried out in the country show that almost every Kenyan youngster at one time or another experiments with drugs, especially beer and cigarettes. The major cause of concern is that a significant proportion of these young people eventually get addicted posing a threat to their own health and safety, while creating difficulties for their families and the public at large. This study sought to establish the effect of drugs on the academic performance of undergraduate students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The ultimate aim was to look at the commonly abused drugs in the institution, their effects on learners and ways in which CUEA can curb this vice. In addition, the campus is just a part of institutions forming the higher education cadre and thus similar habits might be witnessed in other similar institutions. The key findings from the study, as deduced in detail in chapter four, were that drug abuse among students is common; both boys and girls have abused drugs. A variety of factors contribute to drug abuse with the majority of students citing curiosity, acceptance by peers and ignorance to the dangers of drug abuse as the main reasons. Both the university administrators and teachers face a number of challenges in an attempting to curb drug abuse in universities.

In chapter five, the study makes an attempt to offer recommendations for policy and further research. A number of guidelines are proposed for developing a program for prevention and intervention.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I wish to express my sincere appreciation to various institutions (NACADA and UNODC) and individuals whose assistance has facilitated the successful completion of this work. To begin with, I most sincerely thank the Catholic University of Eastern Africa for giving me an opportunity to study. Very special thanks to my supervisor, Dr. Sr. Adhiambo for the enthusiasm with which she provided support, advice and constructive critical comments as well as the unconditional sacrifices she made towards the success of this work. Her valuable and continuous guidance towards this work are highly appreciated. I also want to thank my friends Patrick Masiran, Eric Oyoyo and Anthony Kamau for the continued words of encouragement and constant reminder that: Aluta Continua. I acknowledge with gratitude the support I received from my family who tirelessly encouraged me to complete this work. Thanks for their prayers and encouragement. I wish also to sincerely thank all the informants who provided valuable information for this study.

Finally, I wish to sincerely thank many other people who...
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