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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 13, No. 2 (2017) open journal systems 


Internet access and usage by secondary school students in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania

Ronald Bernard Tarimo, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
George Firmin Kavishe, Sokoine University of Agriculture,Tanzania


Abstract
The purpose of this paper was to report results of a study on the investigation of the Internet access and usage by secondary school students in Morogoro municipality in Tanzania. A simple random sampling technique was used to select 120 students from six schools. The data was collected through a questionnaire. A quantitative approach using the survey research design was used. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 19. The results found out that of 120 students involved in the study, 78 (87.6%) who were the majority indicated that they were using Internet services for playing and downloading music, 73 (82.0%) for searching for academic information, 72 (80.9%) indicated playing and downloading games, 55( 61.8%) said browsing for fun, 51 (57.3%) use Internet for visiting different websites while 50 (56.2%) indicated that they use Internet to read online newspapers and 40 (44.9%) for instant messaging. On the issues of access and use, 58 (48.3%) respondents indicated that Internet accessibility in their schools was intermediate while only 26 (21.7%) stated that the Internet accessibility in their schools was high. It was also reveled that majority of students did not have enough skills for Internet browsing and Internet speed was slow. It was recommended that respondents should be made aware of the importance of using Internet services for searching academic information rather than use it for entertainment.


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