Safety of students among learners in public
high schools has been a great challenge globally. This is a
phenomenon that has greatly affected public secondary
school students in Kenya. Despite the launch of Safety and
Standards manual for secondary schools in the year 2008,
with the expectation that implementations of community
– school relations policy would ensure that students would
be safe, media reported cases of community threats due to
sour relationships between the school and the community.
The objective of this study was to establish the
effectiveness of community – school relations policy on
safety of students in Boarding high Schools in Homa Bay
County. Both correlational and Descriptive research
designs were used. 34 Principals, 8 Sub County Quality
Assurance and Standards Officers (SCQASOs) and 4,800
students formed the population. 31 Principals and 8
SCQASOs and 369 students were sampled for the study.
Research tools used to collect data included, students’
focus group discussions, observation schedule/document
analysis guide and interviews schedules. Descriptive
statistics was used to analyze quantitative data.
Thematically, qualitative data was analyzed.There was a strong and positive effect of
community – school relations policy on safety of students
of 0.848 at p – value of 0.01.
Keywords : Effectiveness, Safety Policy, Community – School Relations, Homa Bay County, Safety of students, Kenya, Boarding High Schools.