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Survey suggests Nigerians poor at parenting

05 April 2016, 19:23

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 standards (16

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.

Also read: Safeguarding children through divorce

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


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