The Effect of Broken Home on The Academic Performance of Pupils

Problems Encountered by the Broken Homes on the Academic Performance of the Pupils.

         Davidoft (1987) said that “the general health of a child is central to his overall growth development and education” (p.2).

         Also the child’s physical growth shows a symbolic relationship with his intellectual growth that will enhance his education. The physical development of the child depends on parents’ provision for adequate physical and material care which include balanced diet, conducive home environment, clothes, relaxation and resting periods as well as medical care. Consequently, broken homes that are not mindful of the nutritional quality of their children’s died does not lead them to physical retardation but also intellectual retardation.

         Nutrition is crucial in growth and educational success of the child through bright intellect. Starvation during the stage of rapid growth and development especially at the first two years of life might serve to permanently stunt brain. It was observed that children that are malnourished when compared with children who are adequately cared for matrimonially from the same family, shows that those that are well fed were noticeable more intelligent and physically heather than those who are malnourished at the age of nine years. Most children from broken homes are mostly affected in this regard because most parents themselves live below poverty line such that they cannot provide the basic nutritional and physical needs of their children.            

         It is the physical aspect of health that will contribute immensely to child’s educational attainment. The situation is worse if in the broken home, parent is the mother within the low income group, without a reasonable means of income, has poor educational background or has many children. Such children lack the basic intellectual growth and suffer series of diseases.

         Thus Anselen (1987) asserts the necessity for combined presence and co-operation of both parents in nurturing of the child, since absence of one parent may lead to unresolved problem of deipus crises creating personality problems in the society. Once the child’s personality has one problem or the other, it will affect his or her relationship with people and other things around his environment. His educational attainment will also be at risk. The child may also lose interest in education.

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  1. broken homes are indeed a negative influence. we can all say NO to it.

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