Journal article Open Access
Anguel Donatus Imbufe
It is the mind of any teacher to pass 100% of his/her knowledge to the learner. The teacher keeps looking for ways of improving his/her ability to do this. But he/she always meets with obstacles often generated by the learner. Some of these obstacles are characters such as truancy, substance use, gangsterism, financial distractions and engagement in sexual activities. The adolescents are in a rush to engage in these characters because they want to be recognised as adults. This paper sought to investigate the strength of the relationship between these deviant behaviours and academic scores of the children in Biase LGA of Cross River State. A stratified random sample was obtained from SS3 students who participated in Cross River State SSCE Mock Examination in 2017/2018 Academic Year. They were asked to respond to a questionnaire that yielded information on the level of involvement in some adolescent deviant characters while their academic achievements were obtained from Cross River State Ministry of Education, Examination and Certificate Division. These were organised using correlation coefficient in Microsoft Excel. Results revealed that there was a significant negative relationship between deviant characters and academic achievements (r2 = 0.826). What causes children to involve themselves in deviant characters are environment and parent background related. To correct the social vice, the environment and parent will be responsible.