INCOME DEPRIVATION AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN RIVERS STATE
This study investigated Income Deprivation and Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Rivers State. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The correlational survey research design was adopted for the study. Population of the study was made up of seventy one thousand and ninety eight (71,098) Senior Secondary School (SS 11) Students. The sample is comprised of three hundred and eight two (382) SS 11 students in Rivers State. Instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire titled “income deprivation questionnaire (IDQ)”. Reliability of the instrument was ascertained using Cronch Alpha reliability which yielded a coefficient level of 0.86 level of significance. Findings of the study revealed that there is no significance prediction of income deprivation variables (used in the study) on academic performance of SS 11 students in Rivers State, therefore all the null hypotheses were accepted. The study thereby concludes that income deprivation variables have low impact on academic performance of students. One of the recommendations put forward was that parents should encourage their children despite parents’ level of education.