factors INFLUENCING cultism growth IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
THE study'S BACKGROUND
Cultism is the state or phenomenon in which people are united by a common belief or cause, usually through rituals.
According to the current English 5th edition Oxford dictionary, a “cult” is a system of religious worship, particularly one expressed through rituals. Cults, now commonly known as confraternities, have taken on monstrous characteristics in our institution of higher learning based on this definition. As a result, our various campuses, which were previously a mode of intellectual quest and social uplift, have become citadels of violence and terrorism.
The pertinent question is, is the phenomenon of cults only now entering our institutions of higher learning? The answer is unequivocally no. This is due to the fact that international figures have been known to be members of the Pirates confraternity during their college or university days.
Furthermore, when the Eiye confraternity and the Buccaneers clashed violently at the universities of Ibadan in (1989), some notable professors and doctors at the institution were close to the patrons and bankers of these cults.
The implication is that these professors and doctors were once members of these cults. We have noticed a disturbing trend in the proliferation of campus cults in our institutions of higher learning. These cults include Vikings, the black axe, morphine, buccaneers, pirates, and the black arrow, to name a few.
Furthermore, the government and society at large are concerned about the introduction of violence, savagery, and terrorism into today's cult, which is diametrically opposed to what occurred in the past. It is now common on or campuses for members of naval cults to clash violently even in broad daylight and defend themselves with dangerous weapons such as guns and daggers,
nocturnal initiation ceremonies in which initiates are animalized and some of them die in the process making blood covenants and performing other occultic rituals, organized opposition to any kind of oppression, real or imagined, liberal consumption of alcohol, use of drugs, intimidation, and use of force Recent examples include the University of Ile-Ife, Benin Ekpoma, Ibadan, and, of course, the College of Education, Ekiadolor, to name a few. This is what has prompted the public to speak out against the societal evil, calling for its abolition.
The fundamental problems of cultism are the uncertain and unsafe environment in or on campuses, as well as the activities of secret cult members. Their method of operation is both sinister and bizarre, with a frail of wants destruction lurking behind them. The most upsetting issue is the recent spate of killings on our campuses, in which many lives have been permanently ended.
Despite the measures put in place by various branches of government and school administrators to combat the heinous trend of cultism, the phenomenon on our campuses has not been eradicated.
Thus, the researcher intends to conduct an in-depth investigation into the factors that foster the growth and spread of cultism in our institutions of higher learning in order to propose solutions to the problems.
The goal of this research is to look into the factors that promote the growth of cultism in our institution of higher learning in order to educate the public about the scope of the social problems.
It should be recognized by those who can make a difference (educational planners, educational policymakers, the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), the government, parents, various university councils and senates, and so on) as something that did not happen overnight, thus the solution. It should be as adaptable as its evolution.
For starters, cult members do not fit into the category of normal personality types. As a result, their agoraphobic trait fuels their desire to operate clandestinely in order to avoid being discovered and attacked.
Second, university officials should not frequently threaten cult members with expulsion. Instead, effective methods should be devised to identify and register cult organizations in order to make their activities more transparent and easy to monitor. It is also psychologically damaging to expel students from a learning institution, particularly for behavioral flaws such as incorrectly exercising one's right of association. When a human organism is ejected from a facility whose sole purpose is to train and change behavior.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STUDY
This research project will provide expository factors that promote the growth and spread of cultism in our university. As a result, policymakers and implementers will have a better understanding of the factors that influence cultism in schools. When they understand this, they will be able to fight cultism head on and help eradicate the problems that have become a canker worm in our institutions of higher learning.
QUESTION FOR RESEARCH
Is parental influence a factor in the rise of cultism in schools?
Is it true that peer groups influence society, academic performance, power, ego, affection, the threat of cultism, and that sanctions can contribute to the growth of cultism in schools?
This study will include the entire student and staff population of Ekiadolor College of Education.
Cult: A religious worship system, particularly one expressed through rituals.
Cultism: A state or phenomenon in which people are united by shared beliefs.
Hitherto: This means until now or until a specific date.
The act of seeking or a long search to find.
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FACTORS INFLUENCING CULTISM GROWTH IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE