SOCIO-CULTURAL INFLUENCE ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SANDWICH UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA: COUNSELLING IMPLICATIONS
Dr. C.O. Ogwuche, Dr. V.O. Adikwu & Mr. I. I. Shamo
Department of Counselling And Educational Psychology,
Faculty of Education, University Of Abuja.
This study investigated the socio-cultural influence of academic performance of sandwich undergraduate students of the University of Abuja. The socio-cultural factors included students’ marital status, parental and employment status. The study adopted expost facto research design. A sample size of 233 students from the Institute of Education across academic disciplines was drawn through cluster random sampling procedure. Data for the study were collected through a structured questionnaire instrument called Marital Responsibility and Work Environment Questionnaire (MRWEQ). Three hypotheses raised for the study were tested using t-test statistics. The results showed that no significant differences were found between married and unmarried, and between employed and unemployed sandwich students with regard to academic performance. However there was significant difference between parents and non-parents among sandwich students with regard to academic performance. The authors recommended that university administrators and guidance counsellors should bring their professional experience and expertise to bear on the academic output of students for greater efficiency in teaching and learning.