Effects of television viewing on English language performance in secondary schools in Imenti central, Meru county.

This study looked into the effects of television viewing on academic performance among
secondary school students, Meru County. The purpose of the study was to investigate the
effects of television programmes on academic performance of secondary school students in
Imenti Central, Meru County.
Study objectives were to determine whether there was any relationship between television
viewing and performance of the English subject. The relationship between the number of
hours spent watching the television and its effects on academic performance. The existence of
Kenyan governments‟ policies on television viewing and its effect on performance among
secondary school students.
Review of literature was done with Bandura‟s social learning theory being the theoretical
framework besides a relevant illustrated conceptual framework. The design of the study was
descriptive survey, the target population for the study were five public secondary schools. A
population of 150 students, 100 teachers and 50 parents were randomly selected from the
group. The researcher took 30% of the total target population which was 90 respondents, 45
students, 15 parents and 30 teachers. Instruments used were participant observation and a
focus group discussion guide. Also used were secondary school teachers‟ records of work,
terms report cards and students‟ daily diary.
Data analysis was done both qualitatively and quantitatively. The study recommended further
research on: A comparative study for determining the effects of television on academic
performance of public secondary school students and private secondary schools. There is also
need for a specific study to bring to light the effects of television on categories such as urban
secondary schools and rural secondary schools.