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Background to the Study
Education is the act or process of acquiring general knowledge, developing the power of reasoning judgment and a level of intellectual maturity.
These occur through the acquisition of knowledge, ideas, facts and beliefs to improve the learning of the individual and the society at large. It is expected that education should be able to instil certain level of discipline in the individual.
The federal republic of Nigeria through the National Policy on Education emphasis on education to be an instrument per excellence for effecting national development, the goal of education is to acquire and develop the child intellectual, physical and emotional abilities. Thus the role of delinquent behaviours on students' academic performance/achievement have been so predominant in our society. Albert Cohen (1955) suggested that delinquent gangs are comprised of young stars, denied status in respectable society because they cannot meet the criteria of the respectable status system. Cohen further suggested that frustration and anxiety about failure in schools lead lower-class boys to develop a sub-culture centred around doing the opposite of what middle-class value demand. Studies have shown that there exist three distinct sub-cultures that may or may not exist in student's neighbourhood and that may offer illegal opportunities or organised criminal sub-culture, a fighting sub-culture and recreatist sub-culture. Each of these sub-cultures will pose an effect on academic performance these three (3) distinct sub-cultures and very predominant in our present day schools.
In the first sub-culture, students become junior criminals, hoping to move up to the adult criminal level. Students find themselves in criminal traditions, they involve in cultism in the second group delinquents, they are fond of bullying junior students. The third group is usually made up of losers in both the legitimate and the criminal worlds. Members here are not tough enough to succeed as fighters and cannot find profitable criminal opportunities either.
Records has shown that students who have high academic achievement are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviour than those who have lower academic achievement. (Ellioh and Voss, 1972; Henggeler, 1989). Students who have unsuccessful experiences in school are more likely to be involved in delinquent behaviour such as dropping out of school.
Another study by Farnwoth, et al., (1985) noted that a prominent idea in criminology is that academic competence is inversely linked to delinquency through the mechanisms of academic success level and emotional attachment tot eh school.
Statement of the Study
The problem of delinquency is a real one in our society. it is felt that today at an alarming rate everywhere, they appear to be complex and difficult to solve by various homes, school and the government and this must be curbed in school delinquents and potential delinquents make up a sizeable portion of the classroom.
The effect of delinquent behaviour is felt both in the family and the community as established in the background of study. Delinquent behaviours include fighting, bullying, burglary, truancy, absenteeism, malingering, laziness, persist lateness drug abuse, mass disobedience, smoking and cultism, to mention but these few. These delinquent behaviour listed above will affects the student's academic achievement. For instance, a truant child who is restless/not stable in school has nothing to take home at the end of the term. And this will eventually affect the child's academic.
The following research questions serve as guide in carrying out this research.
Purpose of the Study
This study is designed to investigate the effects of this negative and deviant behaviour on the academic achievement of students. Specific ally, the main problem of concern is to ascertain the role(s) played by some of the delinquent acts that affect academic achievements of students in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. This study is therefore, undertaken to:
Significance of the Study
A student's academic achievement can be hinged on the student's self-concept and behavioural attitude at home and school. Such negative behaviour, truancy, stealing, malingering, absenteeism, lying and fighting can go a long way in affecting a child's academic achievement. The academic achievement of a student will be hampered if he is allowed to put up unruly acts which are detrimental to his concentration at school works. Some learning can be said to be pivoted on a pupil's behaviour within learning environment, it is therefore important, that education planners, administrators, parents and government shall be the upper hand to given or benefit when a study such as this is carried out.
It is the hope of this researcher that the findings of this study will help those concerned with the planning and implementation of education positive attitude towards the monitoring of ward and school. This study such as this will help proprietors of schools, parents and teachers in looking into the social, moral and academic needs of pupils. It is also the view of this researcher that the findings from the hypothesis above will help to throw more light on how delinquent behaviour can influence students' academic achievement. It will also bring to awareness of the juvenile in knowing the implication of their non-conforming behaviour.
Limitation of the Study
The study covered only is restricted to Ughelli North Local Government Area, using some of the secondary schools as case study. Time factor is a deterrent to exclusive research, as the researcher combines schools work with the project work.
Secondly, finance is a great hindrance as there is lacks in transportation. Travelling to many schools become impossible.
Definition of Terms
Delinquent: showing a tendency to crime
Sub-Culture: the behaviour and practices associated with a particular group within a society
Gang: an organised group of criminals
Cultism: to be involved in unlawful acts
Anti-Social Acts: acts opposed to the law and customs of an organisation or community.
Suburbs: a district, away from the centre of a town or city
Malingering: to pretend to be ill in order to avoid work
Deviant: a person whose behaviour if different in moral and social stands from what is normal and accepted in the society
Burglary: the crime of breaking into a building in order to steal
Vanderlisation: unlawful destruction of property