ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE IN WASSCE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ZARIA AND GIWA EDUCATION ZONES, KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA (2011 – 2015)

ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE IN WASSCE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ZARIA AND GIWA EDUCATION ZONES, KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA (2011 – 2015)

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ABSTRACT

This study aims at analyzing the Students‟ Performance in (WASSCE) on the management of public senior secondary schools in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones, Kaduna State, Nigeria 2011-2015. The study was guided by five objectives,(1)identify students‟ performance in Mathematics in WASSCE on the Management of public senior secondary schools in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones, Kaduna State, Nigeria (2011-2015),(2)determine students‟ performance in English language in WASSCE on the Management of public senior secondary schools in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones Kaduna State, Nigeria (2011-2015), five research questions,basic assumption and hypotheses were formulated.Significance and scope of the study were discussed. Various literature on reasons for continuous mass failures in West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations performance among Senior Secondary Schools in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones were reviewed.The research Design was an ex-post facto in collaboration with descriptive research design. The population of the study comprises all the 46 Senior Secondary schools in the two Zones. All the 20 examination centers (schools)with 26,719 registered Students‟ were randomly chosen for this study.The instrument used for datacollection was score sheet of Students(Gazette).The research instrument was validated by experts, the two supervisors and other lecturers in the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum.Data were collected from 20 examination centers in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones by presenting letter of introduction. Kruskal-Wallis statistical tool was adopted to compare the mean achievement of subject/subjects to calculate the relationship between the variables of the study.Result shows that there was effect of management on public senior secondary schoolsin Students‟ Performance in Mathematics with highest mean in 2015 and lowest in 2011 in WASSCE in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones. There was effect of Management on public senior secondary schools in students‟ performance in English language withhigher mean in 2015, and lowest in 2013 in WASSCE in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones. There was effect of management on public senior secondary schools in students‟ performancein Science Subjects with highest mean in 2015 and lowest in 2011 in WASSCE in Zaria and Giwa Education Zones. Therefore, it was recommended among others that, The State‟s ministry of education and the management of secondary schools should organize regular special programmes such as seminars, workshops, conferences,provisions and management of Mathematics instructional materials and service training for senior secondary school teachers to improve their competence and apply any method that will fit a particular topic in Mathematics for better students‟ performance and to update their knowledge on the new development in other areas of specialization, School management should advice teachers of public senior secondary schools to encourage students to devote more time, effort to learning and reading in English language through constant practice in spoken English and listening to models, reading materials such as books, magazines, newspaper in English language and practicing writing of letters, articles, essays, participating in school quiz and provide libraries, create and manage students‟ club and societies for the management of students‟ performance in West African senior secondary school examination.

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OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS

1. Analysis: Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into

smaller parts or units in order to understand or gain better.

2. Students: Students or pupil is a learner or someone who attends an educational

institution.

3. Performance: Is the accomplishment of a given task measured against preset

known standards of accuracy, completeness, cost and speed in a contract,

performance is deemed to be the fulfillment of an obligation, in a manner that

releases the performer from all liabilities under the contract.

4. WASSCE: Is a type of standardized test in West Africa. It is administered by

the West African Examinations Council. It is only offered to candidates residing

in Anglophone West African countries.

5. Secondary School: Is the education children receive after primary education

and before the tertiary stage.

6. Management: Management consists of the interlocking functions of creating

corporate policy and organizing, planning, controlling, and directing an

organization‟s resources in order to achieve the objectives of that organization or

educational goals.

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ABBREVIATIONS

1. NP: Non - Parametric

2. NPE:National Policy on Education

3. WASSCE: West African Secondary School Certificate Examination

4. WTC: Women Teachers College

5. G.S.S: Government Secondary School

6. G.G.S.S: Government Girls Secondary School

7. S.S.S: Science Secondary School

8. SSCE: Secondary School Certificate Examination

9. FRN: Federal Republic of Nigeria


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