International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Effect of School Environment on Student Achievement and Self-Esteem: A Case Study in Kenya
Dr. James Oigara

This paper explores the gender differences in academic achievements and self-esteem at the secondary level schools in Kenya. It assesses the impact of single-sex and mixed (co-educational) schools on secondary school students’ academic achievement. The results indicated that girls attending all-female school made better academic progress but not social skills than those who attend a mixed secondary school. The relative academic achievements of girls in single-sex and co-education schools are explored in details, with a careful comparison of students from two different types of schools. Although further studies are needed to incorporate this result into official policy, there are strong indication that single-sex classroom environment may be useful towards improving academic performance of girls in secondary education.

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