The Effects of the Lebanese Economic Crisis on Secondary School Students’ Education Structure, Habits, Happiness, and Labor

The Effects of the Lebanese Economic Crisis on Secondary School Students’ Education Structure, Habits, Happiness, and Labor

Fatima AlZahraa Itani

2nd year phD student in the Lebanese University

Higher Doctoral Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Major: Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of the Lebanese economic crisis on the secondary students in Lebanon including the education structure, students’ eating habits, mean of transportation, happiness, labor status, and the reasons that make students work and study at the same time. This study was done in December, 2021.

In this study, the researcher adopted the descriptive approach. The participated students were chosen randomly. The only condition for the students to participate in the study is to be in the secondary level. The design of this study is mixed and it is based on answering questions electronically in a survey. 578 students responded to 28 out of 30 questions by likert scale or yes and no (quantitative design), whereas the rest two questions are open ended questions (qualitative design).

Descriptive statistics (SPSS) were used to analyze the quantitative data where as content analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data. The results of this study revealed that the secondary students in Lebanon are strongly affected by the economic crisis at the level of the education structure, daily habits, happiness, and labor status. The students’ mental and physical health are also affected. Their social life is never like what was before the crisis. The family wealth status contributes to the degree to which the crisis is affecting the students’ lives. Public school students are even more affected than private school students. Although, the negative effects of the crisis are tremendous, however some students can still view some positive effects of the crisis like being more responsible, becoming wise spender, feel with others, and appreciate the graces that they have.

The study recommends an urgent plan for the secondary education in Lebanon, as the youth age shapes the future of the countries.

Key terms: Crisis, Education, Happiness, Daily habits, Labor

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