Onyije, L. E.; Olawolu, O. E.
July 2011
Journal of Educational Review;Jul-Sep2011, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p341
Academic Journal
The paper examined the effect of poverty on the academic performance of students in Senior Secondary Schools in Rivers State of Nigeria. The geographical area called Rivers State is predominantly surrounded with Rivers and created with a view to delivering the people out of the doldrums of poverty. The main occupation of the people is predominantly fishing and farming. Farmers and Fishermen are characterized by using their children as means of labour due to inadequate finance, poor feeding and generally poor conditions of living and survival. These factors affect the academic performance of their children. Education was therefore seen as the instrument for poverty alleviation and total emancipation from the shackles of poverty. The paper equally considered how poverty affects the academic performance of students in the Senior Secondary School in Rivers State. In addition, the concept of poverty and the specific ways the students are affected were discussed; suggestions were made on how to help the students overcome the problems especially in their academics.


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