FAMILY FACTORS AS PREDICTORS OF STUDENTS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY SCHOOL
Background of the Study
The family is the main social environment for the child. In some countries such as Australia, Malaysia, United States of America, Uganda and Nigeria some of the socialization that takes place informally is now undertaken by modern secondary organization of which family is an aspect.
Murdock in Akubue and Okolo (2008) defined family as a social group characterized by common residence, economic cooperation and reproduction. Family, the author continued, includes adult of both sexes two of whom maintain socially approved sexually cohabiting adults. Murdock concluded that family is a universal institution and everywhere performs four functions as economic, reproductive (sexual), educational and socialization functions. Carter and Goldrick, in Onyia and Anichie (2002) define the family as a small social system made up of individuals related to each other by reason of strong reciprocal affections and loyalties, compromising a permanent household (or cluster of household) that persistsover years and decades. Members, according to the authors, enter through birth, adoption marriage, and leave only by death.
Statement of the Problem
The family prepares future citizens, nurtures and sustains adults engaged in day to day activities of the society. In the South west zone, family, units are known for large family size as family heads utilize advantages of such in the farm work. This is because the zone is known for mass agricultural production. Children in most cases are deprived of going to school in order to help out in farm work where they are allowed, they are left to tend for themselves educationally and this often leads to abandoning of academic pursuits in search of funds that can see them through academically. This goes a long way to affect their academic performance.
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