CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF CORRUPT PRACTICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS PERCEIVED BY STAKEHOLDERS IN KWARA STATE

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2018-10

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Social Studies Association of Nigeria

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Corruption has permeated almost all facets of human endeavours with no exception to the educational sector in which secondary schools are integral parts of the sector. This paper assessed causes and effects of corrupt practices in secondary schools in Kwara State. The study mainly examined the forms, causes, effects and preventive measures of tackling corrupt practices in secondary schools and human society. The population of the study was comprised of all secondary school students, teachers and parents in the state. Sample for this study consisted 115 respondents selected through a stratified random sampling technique. Forty-five students, 40 teachers and 30 parents were sampled using stratified sampling technique. Descriptive survey design was employed and a questionnaire titled “Causes and Effects of Corrupt practices in Secondary Schools Questionnaire” (CECSSQ) with a reliability index of 0.78 was used for data collection. Four research questions were raised and answered using mean and standard deviation. The result of the study showed that parents, teachers and students agreed that parents involved in giving out money to influence their children results; illegal deduction of staff salaries and illegal additional charges on school fees are the prominent forms of corrupt practices in secondary schools. The prominent causes of corrupt practices in the secondary schools are lack of students’ poor attitude towards learning and reading predisposes them to cheat and engage in corrupt practices. More so, poor remunerations which do induce teachers to collect bribe from students. Corrupt practices have effects on academic standard, qualitative education and facilities in the schools. Based on these findings, it was recommended among other that more emphasis should be given to moral education and character development in secondary schools in the country.

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Corrupt practices, Causes and Effects, Stakeholders’ perception, Secondary Schools

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13. Olokooba, I. N. & Abdulsalam, A. A. (2018). Causes and effects of corrupt practices in secondary schools as perceived by stakeholders in Kwara State. Nigerian Journal of Social Studies, 20 (2), 88-105. Published by Social Studies Association of Nigeria.

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