Charles Chukwuemeka Okika, Jennifer Chinwe Agbasi


This study investigated teachers’ perception of television screen time as an influence on academic performance of secondary school students in Awka Educational Zone, one of the six educational zones in Anambra State, Nigeria established for the effective and efficient supervision, management and coordination of public (government) and private post primary/secondary schools in Awka North, Awka South, Anaocha, Dunukofia and Njikoka Local government areas in South-East Nigeria. This study intended the following; To determine teachers perception of the amount of time spent on television by secondary school students in Awka Educational Zone, to examine the level of awareness among teachers on the influence of television screen time on these secondary school students, to find out teachers opinion about any influence television screen time may have on these student’s behavior and to ascertain if teachers think television screen time influences the student’s academic performance. A survey of 600 secondary school teachers sampled from selected government and private secondary schools in Awka Educational Zone was carried out. The findings of the study indicated that teachers perceived students as addicts of television screens which had a potential for negative impact on their academic performance and overall behavior. Teachers observed that students exhibited at school and home harmful behavior learnt on television. The study recommended sensitization of teachers to evaluate television screen time of their students, teachers working with parents to implement screen time recommendations and regulators enforcing educational and informational programming for children across all television platforms.

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