Single Parenting: a Constraint to the Sustainable Development of Technical Education in Enugu State (Published)
The study investigated the impact of single parenting on the acquisition and development of technical education in Enugu State. The purpose of the study was to determine the consequences and, the constraints the concept of single parenting has imposed on the sustainable development of technical education in Enugu State. A total of 120 respondents made up of males and female students of selected technical colleges in each geopolitical zones of Enugu state were used for the study. Three research questions guided the study. Three hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Data was collected using structured questionnaires. The Cronbach alpha reliability coefficient used to test the reliability of the instrument yielded 0.82. The study revealed that children from single parents suffer from financial troubles, family instability, emotional trauma, harsh socio-economic pressures and stigmatization. As a result of these constraints, children from single parents are characterized with low pace of comprehension, finds it difficult to purchase instructional materials, unable to attend enhancement programs, highly vulnerable to drugs and alcohol. The study also revealed that, these children get frustrated and drop out of school. It was recommended that there should be the creation of special scholarship board for children of single parents interested in technical education by the state and federal government as this will help to address the issue of right deprivement and handle the cases of poor skill acquisitions. Equally recommended is the development of appropriate counselling techniques and programs in all the technical colleges.
Citation: Kalu U Okey, Ogba Kalu. T., Ogbonnaya Kingsley A. (2021) Single Parenting: a Constraint to the Sustainable Development of Technical Education in Enugu State, British Journal of Education, Vol. 9, Issue 9, pp.89-100
Single Parenting and Its Effects on Students’ Academic Performance in Kumba III Municipality, Meme Division, Cameroon (Published)
The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of single parenting on students’ academic performance in Kumba III Municipality, Meme Division of Cameroon. In order to achieve this aim, literature was reviewed under the concepts of study. The survey research design was used and the research approach was quantitative. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. Purposive sampling technique was employed in selecting the schools while the simple random sampling technique was used to select the participants of the study. The sample size of the study constituted of 370 students selected from a total student population of 8655 students drawn from four schools. The data was analysed using SPSS version 25.0 to produce descriptive statistics. Data were presented on tables and charts with frequency and percentages. The findings of this study reveal that single parenting influences the academic performance of the children as most single parents do not have a reliable source of income, do not always pay their children’s fees on time, do not provide most of their school needs (textbooks, school bag and shoes) and do not regularly provide food for their children before and after school. Also, it was revealed that the educational attainment of single parents influences the academic performance of students as more than half of single parents in Kumba III Municipality were uneducated; do not always check their children’s books at home; do not always create time to do assignments with their children at home; do not always attend PTA meetings in school and do not always create time to discuss with them about school. Findings also show that, single parenting is caused by unfaithfulness, marital violence, premarital pregnancy, poverty, divorce and death of spouse. Based on the findings, the researcher made some recommendations to the Ministry of Family and social welfare, school administrators and Parents