CULTISM AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS; EFFORTS AND CONSTRAINTS TOWARDS ITS ERADICATION IN MBAITOLI L.G.A

B. C. Uzoagba, I. E. Ebebe

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This paper is aimed at investigating the factors underlying the menace of Cultism Among  Secondary School Students in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo  State ; the measures put in place towards fighting cultism; factors responsible for cultism, as well as constraints to fighting cultism. Purposive sampling technique were used to select the two Secondary Schools in two Communities in Mbaitoli L.G.A, while simple random sampling technique were used to select the sample for the study. The sample comprised 186 respondents selected from Secondary Schools in Eziama Obiatoi and Orodo Communities of Mbaitoli L.G.A. A self-designed questionnaire tagged menace of Cultism Among Secondary School Students in Mbaitoli L.G.A.  Questionnaire (MCASSSMQ) is used to collect data from the subjects. The reliability coefficient of MCASSSMQ is 0.73 and the data collected are analysed using frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation and t-test statistics. Five research questions are raised for the study from which three hypotheses are generated. The result of the study indicates a high prevalence peace and insecurity among cultist in Mbaitoli L.G.A. The study shows a negative impact of cultism on peace and insecurity among cultist in Mbaitoli L.G.A. The study reveals that there are adequate measures for combating cultism in Secondary Schools in the two Communities in Mbaitoli L.G.A while lack of hostel accommodation security is the greatest factor promoting cultism among Secondary School Students and peers influence from home as the least contributory factor. The major constraint to fighting cultism is government interference with the instrument of power. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were made. 


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Cultism, Secondary school students, Government, Eradication, Mbaitoli L.G.A.

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