ASSESSMENT OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DAILY MENU AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS PUPILS IN LAGELU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OYO STATE NIGERIA
Keywords:Daily menu, Academic achievement
The study examined the relationship between daily menu of primary school pupils and their academic achievement in Lagelu Local government area of Oyo state. Ninety-six primary school pupils were randomly selected from twenty primary schools in the Local government area. The instrument used for the study was author constructed questionnaire. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistic in analysing the demographic information given and Z test was used in testing the hypothesis formulated. The result obtained showed that there is significant relationship between the socio-economic status of the respondents parents and their academic achievement, for example, over 71% of high academic achiever pupils parents were highly educated, over 78% of them were civil servants and teachers, 83% of them earn between N500 - 1M per annum and 85% of them come from small family size. The results further revealed a significant relationship between daily menu of the sampled participants and their academic achievement (Z- score 1. 787 > 1.68). Furthermore, a summary of food intake by the respondents showed that High academic achiever pupils recorded 85% protein consumption, 67% of fat,40% of carbohydrates,:55% of vitamins and 57% of minerals as against those of Low academic achievers of 25% of protein, 33% of fat,60% of carbohydrates, 45% of vitamins and 43% of minerals. Therefore, government should provide school meal for primary school pupils as stipulated in UBE edict and parents should also provide their children with meal that are balanced for their good health and better academic performance.