Jerome Anyanwu, Joseph Erung Ewhe


This study investigated the influence of gender on secondary school students’ level of awareness about Family Life Education (FLE) in Rivers State Nigeria. The analytic survey design was adopted. Two research questions guided the study. Two null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The population of the study was comprised of 105,815 Junior Secondary School students in Rivers State. A sample of 1,630 respondents was drawn using simple random sampling and stratified random sampling techniques. A structured questionnaire and Academic Performance Test (APT) were used for data collection. Data were analysed using percentage, mean and z-test statistics. Findings of the study revealed that there is a significant difference between the type of information given to the male and the female secondary school students in Rivers State. Furthermore, it was shown that the female students have high level of awareness about Family Life Education while the male students’ level of awareness is low. Based on these findings, it was recommended that, Principals extend their supervisory functions to the effective, inclusive teaching and learning of FLE in secondary schools in Rivers State. The Rivers State Ministry of Education should ensure that the integrative approach to the teaching of FLE in Rivers State is replaced with the subject-based approach.


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