Alphonsus Ekejiuba Oguzie, Prof. Chinyelu Ngozi Nwokolo


This study investigated the relationship between secondary school students’ academic achievement motivation and their attitude towards examination malpractice in Imo State. Three research questions were answered, and one null hypothesis tested at 0.05 level of significance guided the study. Correlation research design was adopted for this study. The population for this study consisted of 33,922 senior secondary school (SS2) students. Research sample consisted of 3,520 students chosen through multi-stage sampling technique. The instruments used for the study were The Academic Achievement Motivation Scale (AAMS) and Examination Malpractice Attitude Scale (EMAS). Descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment Correlation were used for data analysis. Results obtained from the study showed that majority of the students in Imo state have high academic achievement motivation. The result also indicated that most of the students in Imo state have negative attitude towards examination malpractice. Finally, the result revealed that there is no significant relationship between the students’ academic achievement motivation and their attitude towards examination malpractice. The study recommended, among others that Governmental should provide motivation packages in form of scholarships, gifts and awards, among others to students so as to help encourage them to work more hard and encourage the sense of dignity in labour among students.


School, Academic achievement, Motivation, Attitude, Examination malpractice.

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