Moral and Religious Affiliation of Families and Pupils’ Academic Performance in English Language in Cross River State

Dr Oyobo Gladys Tom Abam, Dr Amos Paul Imeh & Dr Osedumme Igwebuike

Abstract

This paper examined the influence of family morals and religious affiliation on academic performance of pupils in English language in Cross River State. Two research questions and corresponding hypotheses were formulated to give direction to the study. The sample of the study consists of 136 Primary five (5) pupils systematically selected across three primary schools in Cross River State. Two research instruments were used for data collection in this study. These include a 5-item questionnaire titled “Parental Influence Questionnaire” (PIQ) and “English Language Achievement Test” (ELAT) administered to primary five pupils. Simple linear regression was employed to test the hypotheses at .05 level of significance. The result of the analysis revealed that there are significant influences of family morals and religious affiliation on pupils’ academic performance in English language in Cross River State. Based on the findings, it was recommended, among others, that parents should instill good moral values on their children and wards before sending them to school which is a wider society, as this will go a long way in shaping their relationship in the school and by extension their academic performance.

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