Effects of single parenting on academic performance of Apollo ‘3’ JHS students in Kpone Katamanso municipality
George Kafu, Jerry Erasmus Goka, Franklin Bissi
The study conducted was on the effects of single parenting on the academic performance of Apollo ‘3’ JHSstudents in Kpone Katamanso Municipality, sought to answer the following research questions: What are the challenges associated with single parents? How does single parenting affect academic performance and what measures should mitigate the effects of single parenting on academic performance? The study design was a descriptive survey. Purposive sampling procedures were used in selecting 100 students who were identified as hailing from single parent homes. The researchers administered closed-ended questionnaires to gather data. The analysis done was by the use of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. The study found among other things that pupils from single-parent homes, about 35% in JHS one, 40% in JHS two and 37% in JHS three had low parental involvement in their educational activities while 65% in JHS one, 60% in JHS two and 63% in JHS three parental involvement was high. The study also discovered that the performances of students in single-parent homes averagely, 42% in JHS one, 47% in JHS two and 45% in JHS three had low performances against 58% in JHS one, 53% in JHS two and 55% in JHS three with higher performances from dual-parent homes. Based on these findings, the study concluded that the low parental involvement in the activities of students’ from single-parent homes is the cause of the poor performances of their students while the high parental involvement from two-parent families supported the higher academic performances of their wards. The study requested the intervention of government and undivided attention and hard work from single parents to overcome their numerous challenges and to support their children in improving their academic performance.