Lagos – Latest public opinion poll results
suggest a significant number of Nigerians are of the opinion that the quality
of parental care in the country is poor.
According to NOIPolls Limited, 4 in 10 (37 percent)
Nigerians, are downbeat regarding parenting.
Nigerians supported their opinion with observations such as
poor morals and home training (41 percent), as well as poor disciplinary
percent) which is becoming commonplace in Nigerian homes;
while also stating that parents often lack the financial strength (14 percent)
to support quality child up-bringing.
Moreover, about 3 in 10 (34 percent) rated parental care as
‘average’, pointing out the “busy schedule of parents” (34 percent), “harsh
economic situation” (17 percent), and “lack of financial strength” (16
percent), amongst others for an average rating.
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More findings from the poll revealed that the top five areas
where Nigerian parents are considered to be lacking in parental care are ‘Home
training/Morals’ (47 percent), ‘Discipline’ (33 percent), ‘Educational
Motivation/Stimulation’ (29 percent), ‘Societal interaction’ (14 percent) and
‘Language, Culture & Ethnic values’ (12 percent).
Based on these perceptions, most Nigerians (78 percent) are
willing to support the enforcement of policies to set standards for child
up-bringing in the country, especially in the area of basic education (73
percent) for the average Nigerian child.
“This is no surprise given the decline in the nation’s
education system proven by its failure to attain any of the global education
goals for 2015,” NOIPolls said.
The opinion poll was conducted in the week of March 28.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide
sample. Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and
above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
- CAJ News