Effects of Noise Pollution on Students’ Learning in Selected Urban Public Secondary Schools in Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania

African Research Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 5(1), 2018
Author: Josta Lameck Nzilano
Dar es Salaam University, College of Education
P. O. Box 2329, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | E-mail: nzilanoj@gmail.com


The study investigated effects of noise pollution on students’ learning in Dar es Salaam city focusing on state secondary schools. The study adopted a case study design. Purposive sampling procedure was used to select two schools for the study. Simple random procedure on the other hand was used to arrive at a sample of 52 respondents. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, questionnaire and direct observations. Results were presented in themes, figures, and photographs. The findings indicated that motor vehicles, construction and welding machines and other activities related to music sounds, promotions adverts and people’s movements were affecting teachers and students in teaching in the selected schools. The findings reported that without proper procedures of mobile phone use, contributed in noise pollution at school. The study findings suggested ways to reduce noise pollution, including change of routes for motor vehicles, school and local authorities to use existing rules and laws effectively, and transform school buildings to accommodate sophisticated noise barriers as well as noisy machines to less noisy polluting ones.

Keywords: sources of noise pollution, effects of noise pollution, secondary school environment, noise prevention, City noise, School noise, Tanzania