Health refers to a person’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. Good health is essential for learning and cognitive ability. Ensuring good health when children are of school age can boost attendance and educational achievement.
Hence this study is undertaken with the objectives, to find the knowledge on health among school children in Mangalore city and to compare the knowledge on health between Government, Private and Aided school children.
Survey method and Questionnaire were the tools used for the study. Sample of 820 children in the age range 10-12 years were taken for the study. A survey was conducted to assess the knowledge on health of children of Mangalore city. Eight schools from north and eight schools from south a total of 16 schools were selected for the study. Questionnaires were distributed to 183 Government, 309 Aided and 328 Private school children to elicit information regarding their knowledge on health. Questions were explained to them clearly during the study. The opinions collected by using the questionnaire were scored and tabulated. The overall mean score knowledge with regard to health was found that the students belonging to Private school have more knowledge (69.3%) when compared to Aided (56.3%) and Government schools (54.8%) on health. The data were analyzed statistically by using Ftest and found that there was a highly significant difference among types of school with respect to knowledge on health among respondents (χ2=139.74 **).
Keywords : Knowledge, Government school, Aided school, Private school, Health among School Children.