Effects of Students Kidnapping on Educational Development of Some Selected Secondary Schools in Zamfara State


    The menace of insecurity, particularly mass kidnapping of secondary school students becomes a complex policy problem over time.  It is now a top agenda for both policy makers and administrators in the education sector in Nigeria. This study examines the effect of kidnapping on the operations and development of some selected secondary school in Zamfara State, Nigeria. The study employs a mixed research method using concurrent embedded design in data collection from both primary and secondary sources. The study has a total population of 4285 and adopts Researcher Adviser’s table to draw a sample size of 373 respondents.  Hypothesis of the study was tested using multiple regressions through SPSS version 25. The study used Relative deprivation theory. Result from interviews was analysed through thematic analysis. The findings reveal that mass kidnapping of students at secondary schools has adverse effect on operation and development of secondary schools in Zamfara State. It poses a threat to school operation such as learning and teaching, enrolment, and retention of pupils. Moreover, the study found out that mass kidnapping affects academic performance of students at secondary school level, which militates against development of education.  Statistically, the study reveals that mass kidnapping of students can cause 57% decrease in the development of education in Zamfara State with p-value= 0.000. Based on this, the study recommends that to address this complex development challenge, state government should provide a safer learning environment for the security affected schools to reduce the increased rate of school drop out in the state. Other policy measures such as use of ICT to gather and manage security information should be adopted

    Key Words: Academic Performance, Educational development, Educational Enrolment, Kidnapping  

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    author/Bilyaminu Tukur & Mansur Muhammad Bello 

    journal/FUJPAM Vol. 2, No. 1