Causes of Immorality Among Students

Causes of Immorality Among Students: A Case Study of College of Education, Ekiadolor, Benin


The purpose of this research work is to investigate the causes of immorality among students, a case study of the College of Education, Ekiadolor-Benin, and the effect of these evil acts on the academic performance of students. In achieving the said goal of this study, the researcher used the College of Education, Ekiadolor as a case study, for data collection, the researcher made use of questionnaires mostly which were administered personally to the subject and collected in the same manner. The responses were put into tables from which percentages were needed for easy analysis and interpretation. Finally, the researcher came out with her findings and listed several recommendations for improvement and suggestions for further research in this field that include making use of youths a subject matter and questionnaire as the data collecting too to enable respondents to determine the validity and reliability of the responses and subsequently possible tips for students in higher institution and youths in general.



Statement of the Problem
Research Question
Instruments used for Data Collection
Significant of Study
Definition of terms

2.0 Literature two


3.1 Research Design and methodology

3.2 Target Population

3.3 Sample Population

3.4 Instruments used for Data Collection

3.5 Method of Data Collection

3.6 Administration of Questionnaire

3.7 Method of Data Analysis


4.1 Data Analysis and Result

4.2 Research Findings

4.3 Discussion of Findings


5.0 Summary, Conclusion, and Recommendations

5.1 Summary

5.2 Conclusion

5.3 Recommendations





Immorality among students is a major problem in society today. It has been very disturbing that everybody is expressing deep concern over it. Considering the speed of its occurrence and the associated danger it has brought to many of its addicts. Which has a population that falls victims of the act are students, but where it is most pronounced is among the tertiary students all over the world i.e both nationally and internationally.

Immorality can be emulated in different ways, but before making emphasis on the types of immorality is normally used to define the term immorality i.e. immorality is normally used to describe persons or actions. In a broader sense, it can be applied to groups or corporate bodies, beliefs, religions, and work of arts; to say that some act is immoral is to say that it is the violation of some moral laws, norms, or standards.

An immoral man is a sick man, i.e. a man who is physically and spiritually sick. He may be physically healthy, but he is psychically and spiritually sick and he experiences internal disharmony. He has missed the way that leads to internal harmony, peace of mind, happiness, and self-fulfillment. Since the moral way of life and immoral way of life are opposites or antithetical, it is obvious that both cannot lead to the same goal, two roads going opposite directions cannot lead to the same goal or destination. If the moral way of life i.e. the way of honesty, integrity, altruism, selfless services, e. t. c is the way that leads to internal harmony, peace of mind, happiness, and self-fulfillment, it is obvious to any right thinking person that the immoral way of life, i.e the way of dishonesty, fraud, selfishness, corruption, embezzlement of public funds, e. t. c can only lead to the opposite direction.


The immorality could be a part of a group pattern and it is a social situation and act of freedom. To do as one pleases. A person seeking happiness along an immoral way of life- fraudulence, dishonesty, embezzlement of public funds e. t. c has missed the road. He can never be happy because he lacks the requirement (the condition-sine- quo-non) for happiness is moral rectitude (philosopher Aristotle) the great statesman.

Immorality among students could be as a result of:-

Poor parental care or upbringing.

Peer group.

Everybody is doing it.

Spiritual problem.

Psychological problem.

It is on record that many educationists in other parts of the world- Europe and America had extensively researched the subject. “Immorality”, but in Africa, Nigeria in particular, this field is not yet properly employed obviously, the incidence of immorality of all sorts has been reported. In many Educational institutions of learning and it has been observed that the act of immorality (Evil) is very rampant among tertiary institutions students. It is important to remark on the wantonness of this evil act among our youth of today.

1. To determine the cause of immorality among today’s youths.

2. To determine the effect of immoral acts and a reasonable solution for this.

3. To reduce the effect of this evil.

4. To set as a guide in embarking on a meaningful campaign, guidance, and counseling in the enlightenment the youths (students) on the danger inherent in immoral living.


This investigation work will be of immense value to the youths of the world and students who are already or about to enter the higher institutions and also to the general public, in helping to increase their awareness of the effects of immoral living to both their psychical, spiritual and social well-being of all Christians which might also lead to external suffering or regret. The study will also broaden people’s awareness of the implications of this devilish act that can lead to eternal unhappiness.

It is hoped, therefore, that youths in higher institutions will be stimulated to reason positively and stop or have a rethink of their actions and give their life a chance of longevity on earth and even in life after death (eternal happiness). Based on this, the researcher intends to draw up conclusions, and give adequate and helpful suggestions that will aid in the reduction and if possible a total elimination of immoral acts among students in higher institutions and the society at large.

The scope of the study covers the causes of immorality among students, a case study of the college of education, Ekiadolor, Ekiadolor is chosen for this study. Many factors posed difficulties to the researcher during the cause of the study. The most prominent factors are finance, time, and sentimental belief of the group to be interviewed.

Finance as a major problem in every project also poses a constraint to the procurement of materials like paper for typing and duplicating the reports and in fact to transport the researcher to and from Ekiadolor where the needed data for the fro Ekiadolor where the needed data for the study had to be collected. Besides these limitations, this research was carried out along with other academic work such as T. P. (teaching Practice) in the school.

Lastly, is the sentimentalism of the most time, they are all busy with their lectures, because, for a long time, there have been prolonged strike actions by the academic and non-academic staff because of non-payment of salary (College of Education, Ekiadolor), which was a case of study for this research work and most of the respondent could better be spoken to by the understanding members of the department or school before the student could receive a questionnaire from the investigator. Some respondents were private and personal and said if anybody wants to know better, he or she should go into acts of immorality, but this thought and hostility were later reversed to cooperation.

For valid conclusions to be drawn in this study the following research questions have been formulated to serve as guides in the conduct of the investigation.

Does poor parenting have any impact on immorality among students in higher institutions of learning?

Does peer group or peer pressure have any impact on the immoral living of students in higher institutions of learning?

Does society have any impact on immorality among students in higher institutions of learning?

Does the educational sector have any impact on immoral acts among students in higher institutions of learning?

Juvenile Delinquency: This can be defined as a behavior disorder, bad behavior in society.

Elimination: The removal or destruction of something or the process of getting rid of substances that are not pleasant.

Happiness: This is the process of having feelings of pleasure.

Unhappiness: A feeling of worry or annoyance because you do not like what is happening in a particular situation.

Implication: A possible future effect or result of an action event, and decision

Altruism: This is when you care about or help other people, even though this brings no advantage to yourself.

Fraudulence: An action intended to deceive people illegally, to gain money, power, etc.

Antithetical: The opposite of something.

Luxury: A very great comfort and pleasure, such as you get from expensive food, beautiful houses, cars, etc.

Violation: An action that breaks a law.

Sentimental: This is related to feelings rather than to a particular reason.