|dc.description.abstract||Discipline is a key ingredient to successful learning. The Prefects Body now called Student
Council in Kenyan schools is a vital link, between the school administration and the students’
body. Together, they enhance school discipline. Student Council members strive to develop and
maintain a more caring relationship among the students, which make peaceful
The role of prefects or student leaders in school administration in Kenya and other parts of the
world is increasingly becoming more complex. This calls for a need to balance roles shared in
school governance between the administration, teachers and prefects to ensure its effectiveness.
However, the increase in the number of cases of indiscipline among students in public secondary
schools, manifested in the burning of schools and even loss of life, raises questions on the role of
prefects in the governance of schools. It is in this light that the researcher embarked on determining
the role of prefects as a link between the students and the administration in the upholding of
discipline in public secondary schools within Kisasi Zone, Kisasi Sub-County in Kitui County.
The study employed the survey research design. The target population was six public secondary schools
within Kisasi Zone, which was randomly selected through stratified sampling to ensure fair representation
of the various categories of schools found in the zone as some as mixed boarding secondary schools, mixed
day secondary schools, boys school and girls schools. The respondents were the school Principals, twelve
or the Deputy Principals, teachers and prefects as well as sampled students from the sampled schools. The
researcher specifically developed separate questionnaires for Principals or Deputy Principals, teachers,
prefects and students to suit each type of respondent and it was administered personally by the researcher.
For qualitative data, descriptive statistics entailing means, frequencies and percentages were utilized after
the responses are availed. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used for data analysis.
Quantitative methods of data analysis such as use of percentages and frequencies were employed
in this research. Information was presented in the form of tables and charts. Questionnaires were
the main data collection instruments. The study eventually recommended that the school
administrators should come up with a proper school governance system that enables prefects to
participate in decision-making process and especially in matters that concern students through
active involvement in various meetings such as school committee meetings, Parents Teachers
Association (P.T.A), entertainment and guidance and counseling etc.||en_US