Dr Effiom Bassey Ekeng, Godwin Amuchi Odey & Barbara Ayimo Offiong Etim James
The main thrust of this study was to investigate the influence of parental socioeconomic status on students’ academic performance in Calabar South Local Government Area, Cross River State, Nigeria. The study was guided by a lone hypothesis. A sample of four hundred (400) respondents was randomly selected for the study. Two instruments, a well validated structured questionnaire to measure parental socioeconomic status and an achievement test to measure students’ academic performance, were used for data collection. Data collected were analyzed using one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Fisher’s Least Significant Difference (LSD) multiple comparison test at .05 level of significance. The result of the analysis revealed that: there is a significant influence of parental socioeconomic status on students’ academic performance. The study recommended that families should attach some degree of importance to the education of their children as future leaders, and parents should guide their children to facilities such as magazine, radios, television sets, books, computer, newspapers and other resources that will help educate their child to fit into the 21st century.