Improving Dining Hall Attendance among Female Students in Public Co-Educational Secondary Boarding Schools in Ghana – The Case of Aggrey Memorial Secondary School
of Ghanaian public secondary boarding schools, particularly the co-educational
ones is often faced with the problem of irregular attendance of female boarding
students to the dining hall. Attendance to the dining hall is important because
it ensures that the student is well fed and also benefits from the
socialization and other experiences that attending dining hall sessions
action research was undertaken to identify and put in place specific strategies
that will encourage regular dining hall attendance of female boarding students
of one public co-educational secondary school where the problem has been
reported to exist. The intention was to use the findings and recommendations as
a guide to management of schools who are experiencing a similar problem. A
sample of 152 female second and third year boarding students of Aggrey Memorial
Secondary School in Cape Coast, Ghana, was picked for each of the two tests,
that is, the pre-intervention and the post-intervention tests. The sample was
made up of 66 second year and 86 third year students. Both pre-intervention and
post-intervention data were gathered using the same self-administered
questionnaire. The pre-intervention test gathered evidence to ascertain the
level of the problem whilst the post-intervention test demonstrated the extent
to which interventions identified and applied helped to ameliorate the
situation. Data gathered at both stages were converted into frequencies and
percentages for analysis. The pre-intervention test revealed irregular
attendance to dining sessions due to reasons which students saw as unattractive
conditions in the dining hall. Post-intervention test saw a remarkable
improvement in the situation. The study concluded that an attempt to make the
dining hall a more pleasant and comfortable place to eat and socialize will
encourage students to be more regular as required.
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