The purpose of this project work is to investigate the effect of family background towards the general educational development and achievement of a child in selected secondary schools, in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State. The research has been carried out in order to proffer the possible means of remanding of the effects or problems most of the information used in this project work was from the questionnaire administered to students in five selected secondary schools with different social class and different family background in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
- Background of the study
This cause of poor or good educational development of students in secondary school in addition to other factors may largely start from home, conditions such as poverty, poor feeding, insufficient sleep and general neglect could cause the backwardness of the child’s educational development. Herein comes the effects of the family social background towards the educational development and achievement of a child in local government area of Delta State, whose simply and understanding meaning is the effect of the social class of the family on the general educational development of a child. Through the school may be trying hard to help the child to improve on the educational development, its effort may yield poor results if the parental attitude to school is lukewarm. This could reflect from either the stability or instability of the family in question. The students are blamed most of the time for performing poor in their academic work. The fact is not only that they do not read their books or do their home works but these of them who do not normally pay their school fees promptly might be sent out of the school to get their schools fees from their parents. Due to the effect of the family background towards the educational development of a child, the parents have to work harder to belong to a better social class. (Have a better social background). They should at least belong to the lower middle social class, since the educational development and the success failure of their children finally depend on the family income.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Nowadays the teachers are often blamed for the poor educational development of children without actually finding out other related factors that can contribute to children’s problems as far as their educational development is concerned. Most parents are quick in pointing accusing fingers at both the child and his teachers, whereas they ought to have the greater blame. Should the whole problems be entirely heaped on the teachers who always want the best for his/her students? Hence it is necessary to find out the justification the parents have for blaming the teachers as regards the poor educational development of children. In actual sense, the foundation of socialization of the child is laid at home. Moreso, the children spend more time at home than school. many factors associated with the family could have actively contributed to the positive or negative educational development of the students. The problem therefore is how we reconcile the conflicting views on the effects of the family background towards the educational development of a child in school.