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ERIC Number: EJ1070954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug-10
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1990-3839
Khat Use and Its Impact on Academic Performance: The Case of Jimma University, Ethiopia
Abafita, Jemal; Chala, Badassa Wolteji; Eba, Kasahun; Kim, Kyung-Ryang; Kim, Chang-Soo
Educational Research and Reviews, v10 n5 p2084-2095 Aug 2015
The use or misuse of addictive substances like khat has become widespread among the youths especially in countries where the substance is produced and/or consumed. In this paper, we examine whether khat use has any impact on the academic achievement of university students with particular reference to undergraduates in Jimma University, Ethiopia. Using data gathered from students between May to June 2011, the two-limit tobit model was employed to estimate the effect of khat use on students' grade point average (GPA), a measure of students' academic performance. The results reveal that khat use has a negative influence on students' academic performance at the university. On the other hand, however, students' academic performance at the university is positively related to their past performance (university entrance examination score) as well as parental education (household head) among others. Awareness creation on the negative impacts of the use of addictive substances like khat should, therefore, be carried out by the university management, local governments at various levels and policy makers at large. Interventions that target preparatory level education would, therefore, have higher returns in terms of human capital development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia
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