FACTORS INFLUENCING CULTISM IN SECONDARY school
FACTORS INFLUENCING CULTISM IN SECONDARY SCHOOL
Cultism is a tiny group of people with severe religious beliefs who are not part of an organised religion, and whose original aim has been turned into destructions. Cultism has devastated so many lives, ruined so many families, and destroyed so many futures that it makes our schools and educational institutions uneasy.
As a result, it must be fully eradicated from our society. Without identifying the root source of an issue, it is impossible to solve it. This study focuses on the factors influencing the growth of cultism in secondary schools by administering questionnaires to 40% of randomly chosen secondary schools in Edo State's Orhionmwon Local Government Area.
According to the findings, parents, peer groups, and power for protection, as well as riches, are elements responsible for the rise of cultism in our society. Recommendations on how to completely remove cultism from our various secondary schools and society at large were made.
HISTORY OF THE STUDY
Secret cult violence has occurred in Nigerian higher education institutions over the previous two decades. Cult practises involving blood exchange and the squandering of human lives have reached alarming proportions in today's Nigerian society.
Cult operations in educational institutions in Nigeria have been widely reported in the media. These activities include those at the University of Ibadan, Nsuka, Almadu Bello University, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, and the University of Benin, among others.
Coverage also extends to polytechnics like as Kwara State Polytechnic, oko Polytechnic, Auchi Polytechnic, and others. Colleges of education are no exception; cult activities have been documented there, for example.
Cult activities have continued to grow in Nigeria due to the large impact of cult and their members' apparent anonymity. A major aspect working in favour of cult groups is widespread ignorance among students, particularly new students who are duped into joining them.
Secret cult societies may be traced back to the Egyptians. 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 via rituals.
Cults, now commonly known as confraternities, have taken on monster characteristics in our institution of higher learning based on this concept. As a result, our numerous campuses, which were previously a paradigm of academic exploration and social uplift, have become citadels of violence and terrorism.
The essential question is, is the phenomenon of cults only now penetrating 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 inference is that these professors and doctors were formerly members of these cults.
We have noticed a troubling trend in the rise of campus cults in our schools of higher learning. These cults include Vikings, the black axe, opium, 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, organised 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 cry out against the societal scourge, advocating for its abolition.
STATEMENT OF THE problem
The core concerns of cultism are the unclear and unsafe environment in schools as a result of the sinister and odd living behind them. a destruction trial The most upsetting aspect of the problem is the recent incidence of killing in our classrooms. Many people's lives have been cut short.
The human carriage of supposed leaders of tomorrow is raising great concern among both the government and the general public. Despite measures put in place by various arms of government and social administrators to combat the dreadful trend of cultism.
The phenomenon appears to be gaining traction and significance in our secondary institutions. What may be driving students to join the hidden cult? may it be a desire for power, fortune, or influence? Could they be influenced by their peer groups, acquire for protection, or be influenced by their parents? The following are the research questions that will lead to thorough examination in order to identify solutions to the cultism concerns in our secondary schools.
1. Does the desire for power and fortune influence students' involvement in cultism?
2. Is the impact of peer group a crucial component in cult membership?
3. Does a parent's engagement in cultism impact their children's decision to join a cult?
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
This project work will help to raise awareness about the evils of secret cults in our educational institutions as well as provide solutions to the problems; the only required ingredients are determination and constituency on the part of the authorities concerned to fight and eradicate this social evil of cultism from the school system.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
Upon completion of this project's work. It will serve the aim of guiding individuals in higher education, school officials, and the government on ho to solve the current cultism problems in our schools. This study will explain in detail the aspects that contribute to the healthy climate that promotes the growth and spread of cultism in our institution or school.
As a result, policymakers and implementers will have a better understanding of the elements that impact cultism in schools. knowing these factors will allow students to confront cultism head on and help eradicate the malaise that has become a canker worm in our secondary schools.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study will include the entire population of the College of Education Ekiadolor Benin, including both staff and students.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Cult: A religious worship system, particularly one expressed through rituals.
Cultism: A situation or occurrence in which people are united by shared beliefs.
Hitherto: This signifies until now or until a specific date.
The act of searching or a long search to find.