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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the pupils and their parents

From: Nutritional status of school age children in Abakaliki metropolis, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Variable Frequency (n = 751) Percentage (%)
Gender
 Male 354 47.1
 Female 397 52.9
Age group (in years)
 6 - < 8 200 26.6
 8 - < 10 261 34.8
 10–12 290 38.6
Type of school
 Public 595 79.2
 Private 156 20.8
Place of residence
 Rural 203 27.0
 Urban 548 73.0
Father’s education
 No formal education 35 4.7
 Primary education 195 26.0
 Secondary education 278 37.0
 Tertiary education 243 32.4
Father’s occupation
 Professionals 47 6.3
 Public servants 179 23.8
 Teachers 25 3.3
 Skilled workers 183 24.4
 Traders 124 16.5
 Farmers 154 20.5
 Unskilled workers 35 4.7
 Unemployed 4 0.5
Mother’s education
 No formal education 30 4.0
 Primary education 195 26.0
 Secondary education 329 43.8
 Tertiary education 197 26.2
Mother’s occupation
 Professionals 28 3.7
 Public servants 94 12.5
 Teachers 62 8.3
 Skilled workers 53 7.1
 Traders 332 44.2
 Farmers 115 15.3
 Unskilled workers 29 3.9
 Unemployed 38 5.0
Parents’ social class
 Class 1 81 10.8
 Class 2 173 23.0
 Class 3 266 35.4
 Class 4 175 23.3
 Class 5 56 7.5