Mary Nneka Nwikpo, Elizabeth Ifeoma Anierobi, Adeline Nkem Okeke, Chukwuemeka E. Etodike


This study was embarked upon to determine the influence of maternal educational attainment levels on the academic achievements of in-school adolescents in secondary schools in Anambra state, Nigeria. It utilized the ex-post facto research design. Three research questions and four null hypotheses guided the study. The sample size was 900 students (450 males and 450 females) chosen using multistage sampling technique. Students’ academic achievements were determined from their first term English Language and Mathematics examination scores. The research questions were answered using the mean while the null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance, using ANOVA. The major finding from the study was that the mean academic achievement scores of adolescents differed significantly according to their mothers’ educational attainment levels. Following the findings, it was concluded that maternal educational attainments significantly influence the academic achievements of adolescents in Anambra State, Nigeria. It was then recommended that teachers should employ individualized instructional strategies in classroom so that adolescents’ unique challenges which perhaps emanate from low maternal monitoring and academic support could be addressed. Government and Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) should also make efforts to give special assistance to mothers so as to enable them engage in adult education programmes. The knowledge and skills acquired through such programmes will equip them to assist their children in their educational pursuits and overall life endeavours.


Maternal Educational Attainment, Academic Achievement, In-school Adolescents, Secondary Education, Anambra State.

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