Role of Co-curricular Activities in Students’ Social Development

African Research Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Vol. 3, 2016

[Author: Anthony M. Wanjohi, Projects and Research Unit, Kenya Projects Organization, P.O. Box 8076 – 00200, Nairobi – Kenya | Email:]


The general role of school co-curricular activities can never be underestimated in any progressive education system. However, the stress on academic performance in retrogressive education systems tends to overshadow the place of co-curricular activities. The main purpose of this study was to examine the role of co-curricular activities in social development among students in secondary schools in Kenya. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey research design. The sample consisted of ninety two students from public secondary schools in Suneka division, Kenya. Random sampling procedure was used to arrive at the sample. Questionnaire served as the principal data collection tool owing to its appropriateness in reaching out to a large number of the participants. A statistical application, namely SPSS was used to process the collected data. Descriptive statistics were used to report the findings. The study showed that participation of students in the co-curricular activities helped them to gain certain social values such discipline, tolerance, co-operation and spirit of team work. The activities also helped them in creating a sense of responsibility, judgment, acceptance of defeat and cultivation of moral values. Thus, a policy framework, which seeks to strike balance between the mainstream academic activities and co-curricular activities, should be deliberated both at school and national levels. Read full text…

Wanjohi, A.M. (2016). Role of Co-curricular Activities in Social Development of Students: A Study of Selected Public Secondary Schools in Suneka, Kenya. African Research Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Vol. 3. Available at

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