This project is concerned with the study of the effect of polygyny marriage on the academic performances of senior secondary schools pupils in Ikere Local government.
The importance of this study is to know the problems that polygyny creates to the academic pursuit of pupils who are from such background and the likely precautions against polygyny marriage.
The researcher consulted many textbooks for more facts, collection of data were made through questionnaires and oral interview.
It was discovered that:
·                    Most academic failures we record today in our schools, majorly fall on children from polygyny homes.
·                    All anti – social behaviour in our society today such as rubbery, prostitution cocaine pushers are carried out by children from polygyny background.
·                    75% of the school dropped outs are children from polygyny homes and broken homes
Title page                                                                                         
Approval Page                                                                                 
Table of content                                                                               
Background of the study                                                                           
Statement of Problems                                                                    
Significance of the study                                                                          
Study Area                                                                                       
Definition of Terms                                                                          
Review of Related Literature                                                            
Biological Family                                                                                      
Nuclear Family                                                                                
Compound Family                                                                           
Joint Family                                                                                              
Types of marriage                                                                                    
Modes of contracting marriage                                                                  
Importance of marriage                                                                    
Causes of Polygyny                                                                         
Parents Educational Attainment                                                                
Effects of Polygyny                                                                           
Parental Encouragement                                                                            
The School Environment                                                                           
Methodology and Procedure                                                                          
Research Design                                                                               
Population and Sample                                                                    
Research Instrument                                                                        
Data Analysis                                                                                  
Data Collection                                                                                
Result and Discussion                                                                      
Discussion and Results                                                                    
Effects of Polygyny                                                                          
The likely effects of polygyny on children                                       
Summary and Conclusion                                                                
REFERENCES                                                                                QUESTIONNAIRE                                                                                                                  

Background of the Study
          There are many shades of interest in Nigeria due to different tribes, states, towns and villages that makes up the country. Every individual has certain interest of needs both in material and emotional. The different interest gives rise to the different type of marriage that abounds in Nigeria.
          The types of marriage found in Nigeria are polygamous, monogamy extended family to mention a few. This indulgence has to do with the needs and status of the individual.
          This study is prompted by the practice of polygamous in this country and its effect on the educational performance of a child.
          Polygamous marriage is a system of marriage in which a man maries more than one wife at a time. The number of wives which ranges from two to many or may not depend on the status. Religious and economic capability of the man. This form of marriage was given rise to what sociologists often refer to as the extended family.
          Thus Bell and Vogal {1999} define extended family as any grouping broader than the nuclear family which is related by descent marriage of adoption. This is a common practice in Nigeria the varying structure of any family from society to society has brought this practice.
          In the past polygamous marriage system was practice in Nigeria because the main occupation was farming.
          According to Hans Hasabaun (1976) some of the contemporary reasons bought forward in support of polygamous are as follows;
       i.            Where woman still have to bear the burden of work in compound and field thee polygamous is often regarded as a help.
     ii.            Polygamous is further thought to be a solution when tradition calls for a longer period abstain from sexual relationship during breast feeding.
  iii.            Childlessness or the value of having many children in general
  iv.            Polygamous takes case of surplus of women, that is prevents prostitution given unmarried woman protection and new homes for widows.
     v.            Polygamous is status symbol
          However, due to the level of technological advancement and he need to give educational training to children the polygamous. It is a prestigious club for only those who are fit in view of the fact that the polygamous structure has not help in steaming the astronomical population of Nigeria with its attendant problems {evil} such as children juvenile delinquency and other known child – crimes.
          The question is then asked, has it anything to do with children from the nuclear family or children from the polygamous family.
          Thus children from polygamous family have not faired better in their educational performance because of the issue raised above which range from lack of inadequate instructional materials.
Polygyny is an age long marriage system in the African traditional societies.  In fact, it is as old as the existence of man in the ancient African communities.  It is a form of marriage whereby a man marries two or more wives at a time. (Social studies series 1, 1992:130). Marriage in the olden days was attached to the beliefs that man’s ability in farm work would earn lion the chance to marry, because agriculture was at peak then.  If a man is very hard working, he has access to marry as many wives as he could.  In short, the number of wives a man has a denotes his strength and wealth in the society.
An average men in the olden days would have to work so that he might be given more women for marriage.  Also a higher number of children per men were esteemed so high in the ancient days because they are seen as helping hands in the farm works for children would leave a renowned burial ceremony after his death.
Therefore, polygyny form of marriage has given the opportunity to an average primitive man to have as many children as he could through his numerous wives and still the entire members of the families were living happily together.
However, in this modern and civilized societies, when virtually all their members are enlightened through the evolution of western civilization, polygyny marriage is creating a lot of problem into the society, every child wants to go to school so as to fit into the modern world so the children born into polygyny families are sometimes are hindered from enjoying these rights. They were unlucky, for their parent cannot afford to the cost of their schooling, based on the simple fact that were too many for the parents to sponsor. At this time the mother of the individual children are now left with the task to make way for her children and so when the mother realizes that burden is too heavy for her to bear all their own to struggle for themselves.
Many of these children from polygyny family usually lack the adequate training and cares that could make them fit into the social system of this civilized age. As we know that the family is the bedrock of civilization but polygyny children most of them lack the basic home training that is expected from a normal child by the society he or she finds himself. This is why many of these children from polygyny homes fall into or turn out to become delinquent children around the streets. At school they behave arrogantly, rude, emotionally unstable and academically backward.
Hence, the4 fundamental training of children by their parent (father and mother) matters greatly in every child’s life so as to enable him cope with life challenges in his contemporary society.

Statement of problems
In our society today, particularly in Ekiti township of Ekiti state, students are noted to perform poorly in their work. Observations have shown that most of these students in this category are from polygyny family background
Polygyny children are very rampant in schools today. Many factors are responsible for their poor academic performance. Such factors like lack of adequate care at home, hunger, lack of adequate materials for the school work and lack of love among others.
In fact, some of these fact that they have little or no care they became backward in their studies. Most of the children from this type of family setting do not enjoy the father-child relationship, mother- child relationship and even sibling-child relationship, so when they get into the larger community which is the school they are hostile to colleagues, jealousy among the wives also reflect among children from polygyny setting.
So, all these factors contribute to the poor performance on child’s academic pursuit. A realization of the factors may evolve solution to be sought that is what this study seeks to achieve.
The purposes of carrying out this research is to find out the following:
                   i.            To trace the practice of polygyny in the society.
                 ii.            To identify the influence of polygyny on school children.
              iii.            To examine the effects of polygyny in the society.
              iv.            To suggest solutions to the probable negative effects of polygyny.
Significance of the study
          This research work is useful to teacher in the primary schools and secondary schools level, to school counselors, educators and even parents of polygyny families in Ikere, Ado state capital.
Study Area
          The town under study is Ikere in Ikere Ekiti local government of Ekiti State. Ado is the State capital of Ekiti State. The main occupation of the inhabitants is farming, although some of them are engaged in petty trading and some in the government services particularly in teaching line.
          The climatic condition of the town is favorable to cocoa and some other cash crops. The weather is usually list in the day and fairly cold in the night. The rainfall is usually between March and October while the dry season is between November and March.
                       Although polygyny family form is in practice in some parts of Nigeria in fact almost all the thirty-seven (37) States in Nigeria practice polygyny. However, I shall limit my research to J.S.S. level in Ekiti due to cost and time limit.
Definition of Terms
The following terminologies shall be defined in this study.
It is a system of marriage that enjoins the marriage of one male and one female.
It is a marriage which involves a woman marrying two or more husbands at the same time.
Eshleman and cashion says where polyandry is practiced, the co-husbands are usually brothers, either blood brothers or clan brothers who belong to the same clan.
It is a form of marriage in which powerful or wealthy man or men take more than one wife.
It is the practice of marriage within one’s group e.g. social, class, such as the rich marrying the rich and the poor marrying the poor.  It might haven be racial i.e. negro versus negro or religious set.
Is a situation whereby a man marries his Wise’s sister before or after his wife’s death.
This is a situation whereby a brother inherits his deed brother’s wife.
This is a marriage in which descent or lineage is traced through the father’s family.


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