Influence Of Family Background On Academic Performance Of Secondary School Students In Ilorin South Local Government Area Kwara State, Nigeria.

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Influence Of Family Background On Academic Performance Of Secondary School Students In Ilorin South Local Government Area Kwara State, Nigeria.


Abstract


Since secondary school students come from different families, it is basic that they have different family background and experiences including academic and social values. The success of students therefore depends significantly on the family structure which provides enabling environment or otherwise where learning could be encouraged. Thus, this study investigated influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students in Ilorin South Local Government Area (LGA) Kwara State.

The target population for this study was secondary school students in Ilorin South Local Government Area, Kwara State. However, a sample of two hundred (200) respondents participated in the study. The simple random sampling technique was adopted to select the respondents. Five null hypotheses were formulated and tested using the t-test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistical measures.

The results of the analysis revealed that low educational level of parents affects students’ academic performance because it undermines their contributions in solving students’ academic challenges. Similarly, poor accommodation at home is another factor that hinders students’ academic performance. The results of the tested hypotheses revealed that there was no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on religion, parents’ educational qualification, contrarily, there was significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on gender.

Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended that parents should adequately monitor their children’s academic performance. Also parents should ensure that cordial relationship is established between them and their children. On the part of the government, the three tiers should work out effective modality for the training of guidance counsellor and adequate employ their in schools.


Table of Contents


  • Title page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents
  • List of tables

Chapter One:

Introduction

  • Background to the study
  • Statement to the problem
  • Research questions
  • Research Hypotheses
  • Purpose of study
  • Significance of the study
  • Scope of the study
  • Operational definition of terms

Chapter Two:

Review of Related Literature

  • Introduction
  • Parental environment and academic performance of students
  • Socio-economic status and academic performance of students
  • Family career development and students academic performance
  • Parental Career Development and Student Academic Performance
  • Factor responsible for divorce
  • Parent and child relationship and academic performance of students
  • Instructional materials and academic performance of students
  • Effect of marital problem on academic achievement of students
  • Summary of the reviewed of related literature

Chapter Three:

Methodology

  • Introduction
  • Research Design
  • Sample and sampling techniques
  • Instrumentation
  • Psychometric property of the instrument
  • Reliability
  • Procedure for data administration and collection
  • Method of data analysis

Chapter Four:

Results

  • Introduction
  • Demographic data
  • Hypotheses testing
  • Summary of findings

Chapter Five:

Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • Introduction
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Implication of the findings
  • Recommendations
  • Suggestions for further studies
  • References
  • Appendix

List of Tables


  • Table 1: Distribution of respondents by gender, religion, parents’ highest educational qualification, family size and parents’ employment type
  • Table 2: Means and rank order of responses on influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students
  • Table 3: Means, standard deviation and t-test analysis of the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students based on gender
  • Table 4: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) results of the respondents’ on the factors influencing family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis religion
  • Table 5: ANOVA results comparing responses on influences of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of parental highest educational qualification
  • Table 6: Mean standard deviation and t-value of respondents’ expression on influence of family background on academics performance of secondary school students on the basis of family size
  • Table 7: ANOVA results comparing responses on influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of parents employment type

Chapter One


Introduction

Background to the study

The singular purpose of education is to produce a useful citizen; a citizen that is useful both to himself and the society in which he lives, and generally, to the world community. It is often very difficult to give a universally definition of education. Nevertheless it is possible to define education from three perspectives vis-Ă -vis: from philosophical, sociological and psychological. From philosophical perspective, education can be defined as a process of initiating the individuals into a worthwhile activity to the succeeding generations. Such worthwhile activities include desirable skills, attitude and value. In sociological perspective, education can be defined as a process by which the individuals are trained in the norms and value of the society through socialization. Also from the psychological perspective, education refers to the modification of behaviour of the learners in a controlled environment.

According to Etzioni (1984), educational institution can be defined as social unit that pursue specific goals which they are structured or organised to serve. The school as a social system and device means of evaluating its students to findout how far the school is achieving its goals. This related to the students cognitive development to determine what quality and quantity of learning has taken place in the learners, the moral standards and psychomotor development of students.

Family is a unit made up of the father, mother and children. This pattern is known and nuclear family. On the other hand we have the extended family or kin-group mostly found in Nigeria, India, and other West African countries. Family background arising from marriage institution which is found in variety forms such as monogamy, polygamy and polyandry. The role of the family in the socialization of the child is in the area of moral training, intellectual training, character training, love for others and vocational training.

The future of any society lies in its ability to train and socialize its young ones. The stability of its institution and political ways, this productivity of its industrial resources and the creativity of its intellectual talents reflect the degree of success of the adults in the society who have been given the responsibility for making good progress and developing its youths. These factors influence a child’s learning ability i.e. school environment home condition, peer groups and culture in the society. The two major socializing institution of the society are: – the family and the school it has been observed by (Daramola 2006) that throughout the world, there is no where that unequal access to essential facilities does not exist among people. These inequalities are recorded in all spheres of life, it could be found in education, health and other sectors with its attendant effects on social strata.

(Stevenson, David and Baker 1987) in a study on family school relation and the child’s school performance where they used a nationally representative sample or American households, they examine the relation between parental involvement in schooling and the child’s school performance. With a sample of 179 children, parents and teachers, they investigated three hypotheses. The result shows that the higher the educational status of the mother the greater the degree of parental involvement in school activities. The younger the age of the child the greater the degree of parental involvement and the children of parents who are more involved in school activities do better in school than children with parents who are more involved in school activities do better in school than children with parents who are less involved. In an analysis of cross sectional data, they discovered support for the three hypotheses. The educational status of the mother is related to the degree of parental involvement in schooling, so that parents with more education are more involved, parental involvement is related to the child’s school performance. Also parents are more involved in school activities if the child is younger. The mother’s educational level and the age of the child are stronger predictors of parental involvement in schooling for boys than for girls. They do not, however, find a direct effect of maternal educational status on school performance independent of parental involvement in school activities; they discuss these findings in light of the relation between families and schools.

The social development of children in modern societies increasingly occurs within an institutional context. Day care, preschool, and regular school are an important part of a tymeal child’s environment from infancy to late adolescence. Schools are environments that establish a series of developmental tasks for children. The nature of these tasks varies: schools present children with a set of new interpersonal relationships that they must incorporate into their social world: schools demand cognitive performances; and schools demand the socialization of the child to the student role (Lefton 1994) obsolete Youniss and Smollar, 1985). In all of these developmental tasks, the family is an important resource for the child. The social development of the child can be viewed as a project of the child’s parents, and the educational institution (Litwak obsolete and Meyer, 1999).

Research on the relation between families and schools has tended to focus on creating an effective in-home learning environment for the child. The tendency of this line of research has been to examine familiar characteristics that may influence the child’s cognitive development and subsequent school performance (Scott-Jones, 1984). Another literature identifies how parents instill motivation and positive attitudes in their children and the subsequent effects such characteristics have on school performance (Bloom 1981). While these research traditions have focused on the development of the child’s cognitive skills and motivation they have been less concerned with the study of parental involvement in school activities.

To effectively assist their child in his or her efforts to meet the demands of school, parents need to have knowledge about their child’s schooling and access to resources to help their child.

(Coleman 1997) proposes that family influence can be separated into components such as economic, human, and social capital, Economic capital refers to the financial resources human capital provides parents with the knowledge resources necessary to create supportive learning environments for their children. In contrast, family social capital is defined by the relationships that develop between family members. It is through these relationships that children gain access to the economic, human, and cultural resources of their families. Similarly, (Pierre 1998) suggests social status and ethnic/racial group have differing degrees of access to those forms of cultural capital that support academic success. Within social groups, parents provide experiences that result in children developing similar tastes, preferences. Eventually, these attributes are related to social status and ethnic/racial group differences in academic and occupational outcomes. A number of theories have been developed to examine those parent-child interactions that provide children with differential access to family resources.

Steinberg’s family model. In a set of investigating, proposes that in understanding family influences, it is important to disentangle three different aspects of parenting. These include parenting style, which provide the emotional context in which parent- child interacting occur. The goals that parents establish for their children; and the practical adopted by parents to help children attain those goals. It has been shown, for example, that a parenting style defined as authoritative is related to positive academic achievement (Darling and Stenberg 1993). Such a style creates a context in which parents encourage their children’s independence and individuality, provide opportunities for children to be involved in family decision making, expect high standards for their children, and have warm relationships with their children. (Redding 1999) indicates that in relation too academics outcomes, the potential limitations associated with poor economic circumstances can be overcomes by parents who provide stimulating, supportive, and language rich experiences for their children. It is important, however, to recognise the nature of the interrelationships between family background characteristics and more refined family Influences. In the development of a model of human development, for example, Stephen J. Cerci and his colleagues (1997) propose that the efficacy of a family Influence for academic success is determined to a large degree by a child’s family background. They observe that parent-child interactions are the focus that leads to academic performance. In addition, they claim that academic success is achieved only if family background resources can be accessed to maximize the association between family Influences and outcomes relationships between family Influences and academic achievement need to take into account the potentially constraining or expanding or expanding opportunities provided by children’s family backgrounds. Analyses of the relations between families and academic achievement also need to consider children’s family structure. A mother does homework with her children. It is generally acknowledge that family environment is the most powerful influence in determining a child’s academic motivation and achievement. Research suggests that differences in the academic achievement of children from single-and two-parent families can be related to changes in the economic circumstances of families and to variations in the quality of parent- child interactions in the different family structure.

Sibling structure. There has been along standing fascination with exploring associations between sibling variables, such as the number of children in a family and a child’s birth- order position in the family, typically these sibling variables have small but significant inverse associations with academic outcomes, especially verbal measures of achievement. A number of theoretical perspectives have been proposed to explain these relationships including the resources dilution hypothesis and the confluence model.

The resources dilution hypothesis proposes that sibling variables are related to the quality and quantity of parent-child interacting in families, and that such variation in parent resource are associated with sibling difference in academic achievement. That is, the greater the number of children in a family or the later the birth- under position, the more those children has to share family resources. As a result, children have lower score on those academic outcomes affected by the diluted family influences. An alternate perspective is the confluence model which proposes that children’s academic development is affected by the number of children in the families, the age-spacing among children and whether children are only, first, or last born in families. The model claims, for examples that with short birth intervals between children, increasing birth order have related to lower academics performance in contrast, with sufficiently large intervals, the birth- order pattern may be instigated or even reversed.

Generally, sibling research suggests that relationships between sibling structure variables and children’s academics performance can be attributed to differences in family background, variation in family economics resources, and variations in the quality of parent-child interactions.

Programme international students Assessment (PISA 2000) stated that influence of academics and education success of students and school work which reinforce the activities and functioning of the teachers and students, the quality of parents and home background of students goes a long way to predict the quality and regularity of the satisfaction and provision academics needs. Poor parental care with gross deprivation of social and economics need of a child suffers parental and mental deprivation and care due to divorce or death or abscarding of one of the parents, the child’s schooling may be affected as the financially buoyant to pay school fee, purchase books and uniforms. Such student might play truancy and the performance in the school may be adversely affected.

Musgrave (2005) stated children from broken homes tend to have in contrast to the norms of the society. The incidence to broken home greatly tells on student’s academics performance. According to Ortese (2006) a child from homes where the father and mother are present will be well taken are of and sociable in the best way possible. Children from single- parent home are likely to suffer deprivation and denial of some right and opportunities. Also children whose parents cannot afford to provide them their needs often enter into delinquent activities. The economics distress may also compel students to result crime in order to make ends meet. It has been reviewed that the success of children may depend on the economic resources and equivalent service that parents provide and predicted that children period in a two-parent family (Biological or step family) may have the highest attainments. Single- parent families are likely to yield less income from work and have less time for the provision of honest hood service and educational materials.

It is apparent that family environment has been recognised on the student’s academics performance through the ages, the family value have long been regarded as fundamental source of morality and decent conduct of much that warrant measure against any behaviour that violated them. The family is the institutions where the existence of society is brought into focus.


Statement of the problem

Since secondary school students come from different families, they are sure to have different family background and experiences including academics and social life experiences. This makes it necessary for the researcher to investigate the different family background as influenced by multifarious socio-economic state such as educational level of parents, the types of employment, number of children in the family, types of family-monogamy or polygamy, how regular parents supervise their children’s with regards to emotional dispositions and temperamental traits, educational gadgets available in the family.

Family is a mechanism of socialization in all human cultures. Daramola (2006) status that the family plays the most significant role in the development of children. Success of children may depend on the economic resources and predicted that children who spend most of their childhood period in a two-parent family (biological) will have the highest attainment. Essien (2001) did a study on the effects of broken homes on a child academic performance. Azodo (2002) researched on comparative achievement of students from monogamous and polygamous families in Ilorin metropolis.

Alawode and Salami (2000) stated the influence of single parenting on the academic performance of adolescents in secondary schools while other researcher like Sokan and Akinode (2001) and Agbo (2002) found that children from single parent homes exhibited lower self-esteem lower academic performance than those from two parent homes. However, despite this finings, much of the findings only focus on the concern variables without actually investigating how he affects students studying within metropolitan areas. These researches in adequacies justify the need for the current study which found out the variability of secondary school students academic performances on the base of family background variables.


Research Questions

The following research questions are raised and answered in the study.

  1. To what extent does family background influence academic performance of secondary school students?
  2. Is there difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on ender?
  3. Is there difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on religion?
  4. Is there difference in the influence of family of students based on parent’s highest qualification?
  5. Is there difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on family size?
  6. Is there difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on parent’s employment type?

Research Hypotheses

The following null hypotheses are formulated for this study.

  1. There is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of gender.
  2. There is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of religion.
  3. There is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of parent’s highest qualification.
  4. There is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of family size.
  5. There is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students in the basis of parents employment type.

Purpose of the study

The main purpose of study is to examine the influence of family background school students in Ilorin South Local Government Area, Kwara state. (A Case Study of Okaka District) to achieve are set out as following specific objectives are set out as following.

Examine the socio-economic and academic status of the secondary school students in the selected school in Okaka district, group the families of the sampled secondary school students into children from rich homes, poor homes and broken homes an the basis of the economic, social, academic and material status of their parents.

Using the performances of the sample students in the last two sessions, to determine the relationship between the home environment type and the academic performance of the children.

Draw inferences from the result and make suitable recommendation to enhance academic performance in the study area.


Significance of the study

Students perform differently in their class work and other intellectual activities even though they exposed to the sane teaching experience. These individual differences teaching experience, these individual differences of students are supposed to be caused not only by hereditary/inborn factors but also by other factors. This study hopes to look at one of these factors which are the home background and its effect on the academic performance of students. This research study will be of tremendous help to mothers, class teachers and school administrators.

The study will also assist to improve child care by mothers to know the importance of child students’ proper upbringing in relation to academic performance. The research study shows that students from rich homes educated homes who have opportunity to improve on their academic performances perform better than students from poor homes uneducated homes and who have no opportunity to improve on their own. The class teacher will be able to know how to compensate for those individual differences and also the administrators would know how to assist students who come from poor home probably by providing some of the basic facilities for their education.


Scope of the Study

The study is limited to Ilorin South Local Government Education Authority. Thus the generalization of the finding may be limited to Okaka District.

To generalize the findings in the whole state results have to be obtained from other Local Government Education Authority in Kwara State. This is not possible in this study due to the time and financial constraints.

However, this is not to say that the outcome of the study does not have the same implications for educational practices.


Operational Definition of Terms

The following terms are defined as used in the study.

Family background:

The home environment of a child.

Student:

A person that is learning in the school.

Academic performance:

The outcome of a learning experience which is determined through test.

Chapter Five


Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendations

Introduction

The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of family background on academic performance of student in Ilorin South Local Government Area, Kwara State. The study equally sought to find out whether variables such as gender, religion, parents highest educational qualification, family size and parent’s employment type would influence the perception of the respondents. Five null hypotheses were generated for the study and tested at 0.05 alpha level of significance. Data were gathered from secondary school students through the use of questionnaire titled “influence of family background on Academic Performance of students Questionnaire” (IFAQ). The data were subsequently subjected to statistical analysis. This chapter therefore focuses mainly on the discussion of the findings, basic conclusions and recommendations.


Discussion

The distribution of the respondents by gender indicates that male were 80(40.0%) while the female respondents were 120(60.0%), thus more females participated than males. On the distribution by religion, there were 127(63.5%) Muslim and 73(36.5%) Christian. It shows that participants (respondents) cut across the two major religions in Nigeria. The result shows that respondents who their parents are less than SSCE Certificate holder amounted to 30(15%) while the SSCE/NCE/OND Certificate holders are 96(48%). The number of respondents whose parents are first degree/HND and above certificate holder is 74(37%). This result revealed that respondents whose parents are SSCE/NCE/OND certificate holders are more than first degree/HND holder while less than SSCE holder are just about half of first degree/HND certificate holder counterparts.

The distribution according to family size indicated that respondents from 1 – 5 members were 93(36.5%0 while those from above 5 members were 107(53.5%) and thus, respondents from above 5 members in their family constituted the highest number of sample. On the distribution of respondents by parents’ employment type it indicates that respondents from civil servant were 38(19.0%), self employed were 105 (52.5%) and unemployed were 57(28.5%); respondents from self employed constituted highest frequency, followed by unemployed then civil servant.

Meanwhile, the analysis of the twenty (20) items on the questionnaire in section B revealed the view of secondary school students on influence of family background on academic performance of students.

Table 2 shows the ranking of the items according to their mean scores in relation to respondents’ views on influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students. Items 5 with a mean score of 2.75 was ranked 1st and it states that one of the factors that influence academic performance of students is low educational level of parents. Item 4 with a mean score of 2.74 was ranked second and it states that it is difficult for students to read at home because of poor accommodation condition. Ranked 3rd was item 2 with a mean score of 2.66 and it states that the income of father cannot sustain students school fees. Item 3 was ranked 4th with a mean score of 2.65 and states that students could not attend class regularly because of the need to hawk good to support family. Item 1 with mean score of 2.61 was ranked 5th and it state that the number of children in the family affect student ability to concentrate in class.

Furthermore, item 7 was ranked 6th with mean score of 2.56 and states that students face hard time in school as a result of poor feeding at home. Item 8 ranked 7th with mean score of 2.55 and it states that the polygamous nature of family affects students’ concentration in class. Item 11 was ranked 8th with mean score of 2.54 and it states that students could not participate adequately in class work because they always think about family poor economic condition. Item 12 ranked 9th with mean score of 2.51 and it states that parents could not buy school material for their children and it affect their performance in the class. Item 14 was ranked 10th with mean score of 2.49 and it states that poor relationship between children and parents usually disturbs students concentration in the class.
Nevertheless, item 6 was ranked 14th with mean score of 2.38 and it states that parents influence the subjects that students offer in school. Item 13 ranked 15th with mean score of 2.35 and states that some parents don’t have a reading room which affects students studies. Item 20 was ranked 18th with mean score of 2.28 and it state that parents do not designate study time for their children which affect academic performance of students.

Moreover, item 18 was ranked 19th with mean score of 2.16 and it states that there are no educational media in some houses and it affects students performance in school. Ranked last was item 9 with mean score of 1.56 which states that single parenting affects confidence of students in the core subjects.

Borg and Gall (1999) suggested that it is better for a researcher to discuss his or her findings from research on the basis of each hypothesis. The t-test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistical measures were used to test the five null hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level of significance. The results showed that four out of the five hypotheses tested were accepted.

Hypothesis 1 stated that there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of gender. The result of the t-test which was used to test the hypothesis revealed that the null hypothesis was rejected, hence there is significant differ in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of gender. This implies that male and female students are different in their view of influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students. This result agrees with the findings of Ajiboye (2002) where gender significantly difference the respondents on their attitude toward family planning.

Hypothesis 2 stated that there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of students based on religion. The result of the ANOVA used to test the hypothesis revealed that the null hypothesis was accepted. Thus, significant difference did not exist in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school student. The study of Alawaye (2006) equally established similar finding, that religion did not influence the expression of students (the respondents) on causes of examination malpractice. The major reason for similarity in the view of respondents may be traced to the fact that religion does not count in people’s view on family background because the major purpose is to live fulfilled life irrespective of religion. Thus, this study shows that people from different religions perceive students academic performance in similar perspective.

Hypothesis 3 stated that there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of parental highest educational qualification. The result of the ANOVA revealed that the hypothesis was accepted. It indicated that there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic educational qualification. The result agrees with the findings of Akanni (2004) in which respondents perceived the family background on academic performance of secondary school students in Ilorin South the same way, irrespective of the disparity in their parents educational qualification. The reason for the similarly in their view may be due to the fact that educated persons have similar experiences because of opportunity to gather information. Individuals could read and can still go further to retrieve useful information about phenomenon through different methods. Hence, their methods of training children may look the same.
Hypothesis 4 stated that there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on the academic performances of secondary school students on the basis of family size. The hypothesis was tested with ANOVA and found being accepted. Hence, there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis a family size. These results however disagree with the findings of Ajiboye (2006) where respondents from different family size were different in their perception of prevention and control of HIV/AIDs.

Hypotheses 5 stated that there is no significant difference in the influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students on the basis of parents’ employment types. The result of the ANOVA statistical measure revealed that the null hypothesis was accepted. This implies that student from various parental employment types. Have similar view on influence of family background on academic performance of students. This result is similar to the findings of Alawaye (2006) who established that students from different courses of specialization expressed the causes of examination malpractice in similar view. Thus, difference in the employment type may not really influence people’s view about others since such significant others are independent of respondents employment types endeavour.


Conclusion

Based on the findings of this study one may draw some basic conclusions. It is apparent that some factors in the family really have influence on academic performance of secondary school students. These basic factors include parental education qualification of students. It has a great influence on the children academic performance of secondary school students. It is also found that family size, home environment and media, contribute a lot to the students academic performance. This research study also showed the important of the family type on the academic performance of the children. Equally, it was established that variables such as parent educational qualification, religion, family size and parent employment types do not create difference in the view of students on influence of family background on academic performance. However, gender was a factor that created significant difference in the view of the respondents.

It is therefore imperative to note that those factors which influence family background on academic performance of students should be taken into consideration by guidance counsellors and significant others that may be involved in the process of educating the students. Also, it should be noted that variables such as religion, parental educational qualification, family size and parental employment type do not play significant role in creating differences in people’s perception of academic performance of secondary schools students.


Implication of the findings

The findings revealed that the respondents are conscious of the influence of family background on academic performances of students. They acknowledged family size as having influence on students’ academic performance. Nevertheless other factors, such as parent, personal, peer group and school equally play significant roles in the students’ academic performances. This study creates awareness on the important factors to consider while determining the academic performance of secondary school students. It is worthy to examine public view about influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students. The finding therefore has helped to establish the link between family background and students’ academic performance. Thus, counsellor has to understand that students’ academic performance may be predetermined by extrinsic motivation. Hence, it may be necessary to create awareness about influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students.


Recommendations

Based on the findings of this study the following recommendations were made, that

  1. Parents should monitor their children’s academic performance on daily basis parents should make sure that they provide shelter, clothing, medical service and food to their children,
  2. Parents should ensure that they establish a cordial relationship with their children so that the children could concentrate well in classes.
  3. The school should see it as a point of duty t conduct Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) meetings regularly. This will provide forum to discuss about students problems and both at home and school and proper solution could be jointly profer.
  4. The federal, the state and the local government should see the urgent need for training and providing more guidance counsellors to meet the psychological, emotional and social needs of the students.
  5. In addition, the teacher should encourage educational activities and social interaction among the students. This can be achieved through group work for students and their various assignments.

Suggestions for further studies

This study only considered the perception of secondary school students in Ilorin South Local Government education area, Kwara State on influence of family background on academic performance of secondary school students, therefore, subsequent studies may consider other related areas. The following suggestions are made for further studies.

  1. Studies may be conducted on the influence of parents’ socio-economic background on students’ academic performance.
  2. Effect of home on academic performances of students in Ilorin metropolis.
  3. Influence of broken homes on the academic performance of secondary school students in Ilorin metropolis.

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Summarizing your chapters will help keep your audience focused because it is easy for a mind to drift, so providing summaries will ensure your panel will follow along, even if they lose focus for a brief moment. Visual aides, such as graphs and power-point presentations can be very helpful. If you are going to use these, make sure you will practice your presentation with them.

3. Be Confident in Your Research Work:

Not knowing your topic “Influence Of Family Background On Academic Performance Of Secondary School Students In Ilorin South Local Government Area Kwara State, Nigeria.” inside out will cause you to struggle and ultimately fail with your defense. You need to know the subject from every angle to ensure you are fully prepared for any question that may come your way.

4. Conclusion:

Reinforce your findings to conclude your defense. The finale of your presentation should focus on proving the work that has been done. You may need to recap on what has changed and remained unchanged, if is necessary.

5 . Listen:

Before you get defensive or recite a particular answer, make sure you truly understand the question being asked. Being a good listener is an important quality, because providing an inaccurate or off-topic answer will also weaken the validity of your paper.

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