CAUSES OF POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN FURTHER MATHEMATICS (A CASE STUDY ILORIN KWARA STATE)

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CAUSES OF POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN FURTHER MATHEMATICS (A CASE STUDY ILORIN KWARA STATE)

ABSTRACT

It has been observed that students have been performing rather poorly in further mathematics; this has actually prompted the purpose of this study into with the aim of identifying causes of poor academic performance of students in further mathematics in senior secondary schools, Ilorin Kwara State. During the course of study, a total number of one hundred and fifty students were involved in filling the questionnaire; five schools were selected randomly from West, East or South senior secondary schools in Ilorin Kwara State. A researcher-designed questionnaire was asked to collect the necessary information from the students.

The data collected were subjected to descriptive analysis using chi-square test. The finding of the study indicate that, Students have negative attitude towards Further mathematics and hence perform poorly in the subject, the male students performed better than the female students, the teacher’s method of teaching also contributed to the poor performance, non availability of teaching materials is also a contributing factor to the student’s poor performance, the qualification and teaching experience of teacher goes a long way to enhance the students performance. Therefore these researches recommend that Government is to make available the facility needed by the students and teachers.

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