Orphans and School Vulnerabilities in Selected States in Nigeria


This study investigated the issues that relate with schooling of orphans in Nigeria. The descriptive survey research was undertaken in Lagos, Osun, Akwa Ibom, and Abuja. Sampling was done in multi-stages. A validated questionnaire was administered to collect data using Open Data Kit (ODK). Orphans aged 10-17 years, resident in orphanages and family settings, participated in the study. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. Results showed that about 240 orphans in family settings and 48 in orphanages are not in school. It was also discovered that 625 orphans in family settings and 680 in orphanages did not complete their primary school education. Furthermore, orphans in family settings 824 and 576 in orphanages did not attend secondary schools. So also 790 in family settings and 496 in orphanages did not complete their secondary school education. It was noted that about 499 orphans in family settings and 72 in orphanages occasionally miss school and the reasons given were house chores, economic activity such as hawking, labour work, sickness, lack of learning materials and non- payment of school fees. In addition, some of the orphans in family settings (315) and 146 in orphanages are not happy with their performance in school and 223 in family setting and 109 in orphanages believe they are below average in class. It was therefore recommended that government, development partners and various organisations should come up with aids and intervention programmes that can assist orphans’ schooling irrespective of residential placement.

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Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Mojirayo Monsurat Afolabi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Opeyemi Oyewunmi Ekundayo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Akinjide Gabriel Akintomide, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Oyeyemi Olubukola Babalola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Kolawole Taofeek Aliyu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Joshua Olayemi Salami, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education

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To cite this article:
Ojo O., Afolabi M., Ekundayo O., Akintomide A., Babalola O., Aliyu K., & Salami J. (2022) Orphans and School Vulnerabilities in Selected States in Nigeria ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.63
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.63

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