Environmental Influence on Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State

Orlu Chukwuemeka


This study examined the influence of environmental factors on the academic performance of students in Port Harcourt local government area of Rivers State. Four research questions guided this study. The population of the study consists of six hundred teachers and students. Whereas the sample was two hundred and fifty (250), teachers and students. An instrument titled "Environmental influence on Academic Performance of Secondary School Students Questionnaire" was utilized to elicit information from the respondents. Data was analysed, percentages were used to find solutions to the research questions. The major findings of the study were;

1.             Performance is affected by environment

2.             That improper maintenance of fixtures led to lower than average student’s performance.

3.             Home background has effect on   the academic performance of students.

4.             The use of internet has made students to be lazy in their academic works. Based on these findings, the following recommendations were made; school should try to maintain the school facilities and dull colored points should not be used on painting that there should be interactions between teachers and students. Teachers should relate to all the students no matter their background. Teachers should change their ways of setting questions so as to stop students coping directly from internets.

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