Parental Socio-Economic Status, Family Type and School Dropout in the Ewutu Educational Circuit Winneba, Ghana – Implication for Counseling
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 4 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-4-April-2007
The researcher was motivated to carry out this research study following her keen interest to investigate
influence of Parental Socio Economic Status family type on school dropout in the Ewutu Educational
Circuit in Winneba township having observed that a great number of primary school pupils are often
found roaming the streets in school uniforms during school hours. She also observed that a sizable
number of school going age children are found hawking around, with babies tied behind their backs.
The researcher became interested in investigating if Parental Socio Economic Status and the type of
families these pupils come from do significantly influence school dropout. This situation has become a
general phenomenon and is responsible for school dropout and is a general educational problem in the
study area. Although there has been a number of laudable school programmes intended to keep pupils
in schools, these have not yet yielded their intended or desired objectives
Education is an important tool for the development of an individual, the society and the Nation at large.
For this reason the Nations are much concerned over the provision of education to her citizens in all
countries all over the world. Stakeholders in Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana (in which this study is carried
out) in particular are convinced that development depends to a large extent on education because they
believe that solutions to social economic, intellectual and their technological problems could be
unraveled and solved through the process of educating their citizens.