Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2018)
Drug abuse and science students’ academic achievement in Nigerian secondary schools
Author(s): Sambo Muhammed Hudu, Samuel Iwanger Ruth
Abstract: This study investigated the relationship between drug abuse and science students’ academic achievement in Nigerian secondary schools. Descriptive research design of the survey type and an expost facto were used for the study. The population for the study consisted of all public secondary school students in Benue and Nasarawa States of Nigeria. The sample was made up of 300 students who abuse drugs from 30 secondary schools in Benue and Nasarawa States. Simple random sampling was used to select five school from each of the three senatorial districts each in Benue and Nasarawa State. Purposive sampling was used to select ten students from each school. A self-designed questionnaire called Drug Abuse Questionnaire (DAQ) was used as instrument for data collection. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained through a test/re-test method and reliability Coefficient of 0.80 was obtained. The data were analysed using Pearson Correlation Analysis at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of this study revealed that drug abuse leads to poor student academic achievement in secondary schools in Benue and Nasarawa States. Based on the findings, it is recommended that: Science teachers should familiarize themselves with their students so they are able to discover any anti-social behaviour and provide immediate solutions to it. Guidance counselors should give necessary counseling to the drug abusers, as well as to their parents or guardians.
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