Grace Chinyere Nnadi, H. E. Uzoekwe, Edna Nkechi Ofojebe, Eberechukwu Francisca Chigbu


The study examined the implication of moral decadence on the academic performance of students in tertiary institutions of Anambra State. The design of the study is a cross-sectional survey research design. Three research questions were formulated to form the study. The population of the study was 400 students. The population was made up of 8 tertiary institutions of learning in Anambra state which includes Nnnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Tansian University Umunya, Madonna University Okija, Paul University Awka, Federal Polytechnic Oko and Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe. Out of the 8 tertiary institutions, 4 were selected through a simple random sampling technique. A total sample size of thirty (30) students drawn through the purposive sampling technique was used in the study. The instrument for data collection in this study was developed by the researchers with the title Moral Decadence on Academic Performance (MDAPQ). The questionnaire was divided into two sections: A and B. Section A contains personal information about respondents while section B has 23 items. Data were analyzed using mean and standard deviation. Any item having a mean score of 2.5 and above was accepted while below 2.5 was rejected. The result of the study showed that the causes of moral decadence are Poor parenting style, poverty and bad peer influence among others. The implication of moral decadence to academic performance among students of tertiary institutions are an exhibition of illicit sexual behaviour affects the academic performance of students, parent’s negligence to their parental role has a negative impact on their academic study, indulging in prostitution affect the academic performance of students and environmental violence affects students’ academic performance. In view of these findings, the implications and recommendations were also highlighted.


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