The Effect of Selective Attention on the Academic Development of the Nigerian Student

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THE EFFECT OF SELECTIVE ATTENTION
ON THE ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE
NIGERIAN STUDENT

BY

GODWIN EIGBE

A PAPER PRESENTED AT
THE INSTITUTE OF OPENCAST MINING AND TECHNOLOGY
BENIN CITY

23RD AUGUST, 2013

Introduction

The poor performance of Nigerian students in both internal and external examinations have been decried in many quarters across the country and many have blamed the society, the schools and parents for their role in the deteriorating level of academic performances. Not many have questioned the role of the students themselves in the dilemma that has befallen them. The search for a permanent cure to this menace has been on for decades. However with every new dawn the case seems to go worse.

There are many who blame the poor economy as a result of high level corruption being perpetrated in government and political circles. Others believe that the school system is failing and is not doing enough to ensure that students get the maximum attention necessary for excellence. And there are others who believe that neglect on the part of parents is responsible for poor performances in schools.
However true these factors are, no independent factor can be singled out to be more responsible for the problem of poor performance by students in schools. More recently, many researchers have identified lack of seriousness, laziness which leads to procrastination and corruption and examination malpractices in schools as some of the major factors limiting the performances of students especially those in institutes of higher learning.
Owing to the fact that even children who are labelled “bright” have been found to have done poorly in certain academic environment and situations, one is forced to ask why especially in situations where there are others who are excelling from the same measure of learning and…...

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