Chaplaincy Services and Students’ Holistic Development in Anglican Church of Kenya Sponsored Secondary Schools in Mount Kenya Central Diocese, Kenya
Keywords:Chaplain, Chaplaincy Services, Holistic Development
AbstractThe focus of educational institutions in Kenya has been largely directed towards academic achievement with little attention being given to provision of chaplaincy services which provide a critical pathway to students’ holistic development. This study assessed the influence of chaplaincy services on students’ holistic development in Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) sponsored secondary schools in Mount Kenya Central Diocese, Kenya. The study involved 36 principals, 36 chaplains and 360 students selected from 36 out of the 89 secondary schools sponsored by ACK Mount Kenya Central Diocese. Data was collected through three validated questionnaires for the principals, chaplains and students. The findings of this study revealed that majority of the principals, chaplains and students indicated that chaplaincy services promoted students’ academic performance, discipline and attitude towards life which are critical components of holistic development. The study recommends that the Ministry of Education should institutionalize and support chaplaincy services in secondary schools as an alternative pathway for addressing indiscipline issues in Kenyan secondary schools.
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