Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Students on the Usage of Waste Bin: Evidences among Selected Secondary Schools in Akaki Kality Subcity

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Addis Ababa University


Ethiopia as a developing country is still struggling with appropriate solid waste management due to lack of knowledge, attitude, and practice among individuals for reuse and recycling waste. Thus, the environmental knowledge of students in academic institutions is instrumental in providing a solution to the solid waste menace and other environmental problems in the community. However, there exists a wide gap to measure environmental awareness in relation to waste management among secondary schools. This informed the current study to investigate the knowledge, attitude and practices of students in usage of waste bin in selected schools from Addis Ababa Akaki kality sub city. This study presents the KAP results from a Quantitative crosssectional survey of 351 students from two schools at Akaki kality sub city. The results show that the knowledge and attitude of the students on solid waste management was very high and practice close to neutral. In a comparison of students KAP with in the two schools revealed that mean knowledge was very high, attitude and practice were high. ANOVA result of respondents’ KAP level with in grade level indicated that knowledge and attitude were not statistically significantly different in all four grades (p>.05), while practice was significantly different between test groups (p=.001) and post hoc test later reveals that waste management practice of grade nine was significantly different to the rest three grades with a mean value of 3.4678. In another test between gender category conducted findings showed that the mean value of female students were better in knowledge, attitude and practice on waste management than their male counterpart. This study also revealed that gender as the determinant of Knowledge and Attitude and rank and grade level of students were also found as determinants of practice of students’ involvement in waste management activities. Finally the researcher recommended, training regarding the effects of solid wastes on the environment as well as on human life, provide adequate waste bins, follow the 3R rule to increase respect for the environment and participation of students in different extra-curricular activities and integration of environmental/waste management/ education in the curriculum.



knowledge; attitude; practice; solid waste; waste bin, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia