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The purpose of this study was to investigate the causes and effects of indiscipline among secondary school students in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. to successfully carryout this project work, four research questions were raised to guide the study. The questionnaires were used for the collection of data for the study. Meaning the design of the study was survey, the sample for the study consisted of 100 respondents for the study revealed the following findings, does the parental upbringing of the child contribute to the indiscipline of the child, does the society at large encourage indiscipline of the child, does peer group influence, encourage indiscipline in school. Consequently upon the above project some recommendations were made.


Chapter One – Introduction     

Background of the study

Statement of the study

Purpose of the study


Significance of the study

Scope/delimitation of the study

Definition of terms

Chapter Two – Literature Review

The concept of discipline/indiscipline

Causes of indiscipline

Effects of indiscipline

Control measures

Chapter Three-research Methodology

Research design

Population of the study

Sample and sampling techniques

Research instrument

Administration of research instrument

Method of data analysis

Chapter Four-data analysis and Presentation

Chapter Five- Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation









         Indiscipline may be said to be as old as the time when men started to organize himself into society and consequently made laws to order the affairs of men in a social set up. In the Holy Scripture Cain exhibited some form of indiscipline when he out of envy murdered his brother Abel in their abode. We have heard of people engaging in indiscipline behaviour on daily basis. Many of our students today especially those in our secondary school exhibit various forms of indiscipline in form of juvenile delinquency. This could be in the form of arson, murder and robbery etc. these acts involve both adult and youths, the rate of indiscipline tends to be on the increase in the modern world. Africa is not an exception of this general increase in the young stars, negative attitude to constituted authority. This rate of indiscipline tends to be on an increase despite the various measure taken by successive government most especially Nigeria, to curb the menace among our students so as to bring about a socially stable society.

         We read our newspapers and hear from the electronic media of students in the country committing all forms of crimes raging from the violation of parental regulations to truancy, stealing, assault, robbery and other socially undesirable behaviours. Available information shows that our students are most frequently implicated in the acts of indiscipline that in every five caught for a criminal offence; there are usually young stars. These offence ranges from drugs and robbery. During the military rule, several measures were put in place to curb the trends, on its assumption to power on the 31st December 1983, the government of general Mohammuadu Buhari (Rtd) made it known that one of the causes of our problems in our country (Nigeria) was indiscipline and as such, the war against indiscipline (WAI) was introduced into all aspects of the life of the nation. Also our past head of states, General Sani Abacha (Lt) on assumption I office (1993) launched the war against indiscipline and corruption (WAIC), Presdient Olusegun Obasanjo also launched independent corrupt practices commission (ICPC) and economic financial crime commission (EFCC). This was aimed at checking the various corrupt practices in our society. Despite all these commendable effort of our youth are still very much indiscipline. The Nigeria youth is yet to embrace the principles behind the war against indiscipline and corruption programme even when he is supposed to have great roles to play in the success of the programme.

         There is often the saying that our youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but from what happens on a daily basis, one is forced to wonder if actually the youths are the future leader of tomorrow, if they could actually be entrusted with the leadership roles of the futures, people from various works of life have expressed concern. Olusegun Obasanjo formal president and head of state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria lamented over the rate of indiscipline in the Nigeria society. He pointed accusing fingers to most youths and adults noting that they suffering from what he called social, moral, political and economic indiscipline. Also formal head of state general Ibrahim Babaginda confirmed the obvious fact that the rate of indiscipline and crime among youths was growing fast. He said.

         “moral decadence is threatening the nation as evidenced by the get rich quick syndrome that pervaded all facts of the society. Crimes of violence in which our young stars are involved in indication of the malaise which affects most of our communities”. (daily Times 26th December, 1985. pp 1). The problems of indiscipline among students is fast becoming a canker worm that is eaten deeper and deeper in to the fabric of our society and thereby constituting a greater threaten to the stability of the nation. Indiscipline of various types has eaten deep into the fabric of the social system, it is a problem that is increasing at a fast rate and needs prompt attention. We have come to notice that hardly any family exists without a child possessing one trait of indiscipline or the other. It is either the child steals, is rude, not well mannered, runs away from classes, and or at time if the child is a female, it may be that she posses indulgent illiant sexual acts which may create great concerns for the parents. It is also possible that the child is one way or the other drug addict. In whatever way it is viewed whether the child exhibits any of these features or many others, which are socially undesirable, such a child is certainly a problem to the family and the society at large.

It is also sad, to note that student’s indiscipline has had a lot of negative effects on the school system and learning, many academic calendar are being disrupted as a result of this indiscipline many students now form themselves into gangs, they threaten the life of fellow students and even teachers. It is as a result of this indiscipline that we now have secreted societies or secrete cults even in our primary and secondary schools. is is necessary for the nation to pay attention to the frequent indiscpline among our students, if she is to achieve fame and progress in all field of human endeavour,. This is because the fate of any nation depends on the youths she breeds, as they are the leaders of tomorrow.


         The problem of student’s indiscipline is to be well attended to by parents, teachers/school administrators and all these involved in the upbringing of the students in the country, if lasting solutions are to be found in it, all hands must be on deck to stop this ugly and evil playing the existence of our nation, institution of learning. The parents, schools, churches, and even the larger society have a role to play in this direction. The problems of this study is to investigate the causes and effect in our secondary schools, a case study of Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.


         This research is aimed at investigating the causes and effects of student’s indiscipline in our school system. This is due to the ever-increasing rate of indiscipline in these schools nationwide. Some variables of this study include societal influence, parental influence/upbringing and socio-economic attainment of parents. There are many factors usually responsible for indiscipline of students in the society. This work therefore, aimed at determine the

  1. Factors responsible for indiscipline in our secondary schools.
  2. It will try to make suggestions to the possible solutions which may help to being an end to the problem of indiscipline in our secondary schools: a case study of Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.


         To guide this study, the following hypotheses are necessary:

  1. Does the parental upbringing of the child contribute to the indiscipline of the child?
  2. Does the society at large encourage indiscipline among students through its customs ways of life?
  3. Has the socio-economic attainment of a child’s parent got anything to do with indiscipline of the child?


         It is expected that the result of this study would be useful to parents and the society. School administrators, teachers, government and policy makers in their effort to put an end to the problem of students indiscipline specifically the out-come of this work would assist parents and society in monitoring the activities of their children through the results of this study, school heads, will discover what negative role they play and which in turn affect events that can lead to indiscipline in school. They will then adjust their administrative loopholes and forge ahead for a well-disciplined schools system. Teachers are expected to know from this study how students indiscipline is being carried out around them and employ means of eradicating the trend. The study would also be useful to the government and policy makers in formulating policies that will ensure a disciplined and patriotic behaviour on the part of the students. The overall aim of this study is the complete wiping out of indiscipline among out students so that teaching learning atmosphere will be conducive and free dangers. In such an environment, there will be better enhancement of knowledge.


         The research work is limited in scope to secondary schools in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. Due to the large size of the local government areas and problems that may be encountered in the process of covering the local government, the numbers of schools were reduced to five to enhance adequate coverage. These schools were selected randomly from the local government.


Youths: This is the state or time of being young.

Students: A person who is studying at a college or university

Discipline: Training especially of the mind and character, set of rules for conduct method by which training may be given.

Indiscipline: Lack of control in the behaviour of a group of people,. The report identifies the causes of violence and indiscipline in schools.

Juvenile delinquency: A term applied to the criminal behaviour of those who are youthful age, under sixteen.