A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENT PERFORMANCES IN NECO AND WAEC EXAMINATIONS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EKITI STATE

A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENT PERFORMANCES IN NECO AND WAEC EXAMINATIONS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EKITI STATE   

TABLE
OF CONTENTS
Title
page                                                                                        
Certification                                                                                             
Dedication                                                                                        
Acknowledgement                                                                                    
Table
of content                                                                               
Abstract                                                                                           
CHAPTER
ONE
Background
of the study                                                                           
Statement
of the problem                                                                         
Purpose
of the study                                                                       
Research
questions                                                                                    
Significance
of the study                                                                            
Delimitation
of the study                                                                           
Definition
of terms                                                                                    
CHAPTER
TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE         
History
of Economics                                                                      
Aims
and Purpose of Economics                                                     
The
Value of Economics as a Subject                                                        
CHAPTER
THREE                
Research
Method                                                                             
Research
Design                                                                               
Population                                                                                       
Sample
and Sampling Techniques                                                   
Research
Instrument                                                                        
Validity
of the instruments                                                              
Administration
of Instrument                                                      
Data
Analysis                                                                                
CHAPTER
FOUR
Result
and Discussion                                                                     
Presentation
of Data                                                                        
CHAPTER
FIVE
Summary,
Conclusion and Recommendations                                 
Summary                                                                                         
Conclusion                                                                                       
Recommendation                                                                             
REFERENCES                                                                                
APPENDIX
                                                                                  
 ABSTRACT
The
purpose of this study a comparative analysis of the relationship between
student performances in NECO and WAEC Examinations in Secondary Schools in
Ekiti State. Two null hypotheses were posited and tested at 0.05 level of
significance using the t-test method. Students performance in both public and
private school were used and it was a randomized sample of one hundred and
fifty students drawn from a population of three thousand, five hundred and
thirty nine students from six secondary schools in the study area. The analysis
of the scores reveals that, there are significant differences in the academic
performance of private and public secondary schools. This study has exposed a
highly reliable body of information about the performance of male and female students,
private and public secondary schools and how they are totally independent of
themselves. Students and schools administrators have been exposed to factors
that need to be taken into consideration in teaching and learning biology. The
recommendation from this research is that teachers, governments and schools
administrators should make efforts for the provision of students needs in terms
of what will make teaching and learning effective so as to bring about good
academic performance in both private and public schools
.



CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
 Background to the Study
 This is the age of science
that has science in its curriculum and this is generally neglected by students
seeking admission not only in Ekiti State but also all over the country or nation.
The importance of social science in the life of developing Nations like Nigeria
cannot be overemphasized.
Adesoji (2002),   in a
research study conducted in a randomly selected sample of secondary schools in
the western states of Nigeria came to the conclusion that “It is the
general feeling that students of today who will occupy the position of
leadership in future must have this background and literacy of modern    programmers in social science”.
Meanwhile Economics is been recognized out of the school
certificate level subjects.
Teachers are forced to be reckon with in the effective use of
those materials and equipments since “its” foundation of science and technology
is laid by them through this teaching of the various social sciences like
Geography, Economics, sociology, Anthropology etc.
The only way for the teachers to be sure that students
assimilates what is being taught is through
evaluation. Relating to evaluation, too much importance is as a result of these
grades factual information become the use of scientific skills and attitudes.
To show the importance of NECO Examination especially in
the social science, some secondary schools in Ikere
Local Government Area of Ekiti State, decided to organize a joint annual NECO
examination for their final year students, NECO examination council (WAEC) for
examples, a student who performed well in the examination could be admitted
into some of our higher institution of learning. He stressed further that NECO
examination play a vital role in assessing students preparation for the G.C.E
examination, we have all understood that NECO Examination, is very important
compared to WAEC or SCCE but to do this requires a lot of work.
Statement of the Problem
    To be concise, the main purpose of this study is to establish and study
the relationship between candidates’ performance in the NECO

(Economics) examination result on one hand, these
question can
therefore be asked; to what
extent do candidates perform in this
(NECO).
Does economics serve as reliable prediction of individual performance in the
subsequent WAEC examination in the same subject?
Objective of the Study
The main objective of this investigation is to find out the
relationship between candidates performance in the NECO and West African School
Certificate (Economics) examination in Ikere Local Government area of Ekiti
State.
It also intends to establish the relationship between each
institution over all performance in the NECO and WAEC Economics examination
result have been assumed by teachers and others to

predict adequately student performance in WAEC. There
are a lot of author who had written about this one of them was.
Adewunmi (2002), who observe that NECO school certificate examination
result were for six years used in some parts of the

country including Ekiti state for provisional selection
of candidates  into BS.c.
course and some other post secondary institution
substitution or alternating the result of the WAEC examination.
With this one we believe and accept that examination is very
important not that alone, it is also thought that these result are used by WAEC
for formation and diagnostic evaluation purpose before final results can be
out. This means takes cognizance of NECO examination.
Research Questions
The research questions for the purpose of this study are:
·       
Does the candidate in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State      Secondary School achieve good result in
the WAEC Examination
·       
Is there any relationship between student’s performances in
the NECO Economics examination and their performance
in
the WAEC examination in the same
school.   What factors might be
responsible for his relationship and other findings.
Research Hypothesis
The following hypothesis guided the study:
1.       Ho:   There is no significance in the mean performance
of students    who took NECO and WAEC
Economics examination result for the 2001/2002  
and   2003/2004 academic session.
2.       “Ho:    There is no significance in the retentive
ability of students who took NECO and WAEC Economics.
Significance of the Study
The significance of this
investigation is to state firmly this importance of continuous assessment in
the Nigeria educational system.
In view of
this, the investigation suggest that NECO examination which is very important
should be one of the four (4) part of Nigeria’s Educational system since NECO
are considered as an integral part of the overall assessment of the student performance
at the end of their secondary school course. The need for such a step to be
taken might be felt more readily on the ground that the school teachers form a
significant proportion of the Nigeria society.
More so they are well
grounded by virtues of their training in the expectations of the society from
the educated youth.    As such, the most
reliable assessment of student should be expected from their teachers at least
infact if not whole, reason being their term intervention with the student if
is because of those points, that makes the researcher to find out and conclude
that there is the need for such examination at all or to find another way of
assessing students if need be and financial constraint, the schools selected
for the research project are:
(i)             
Annunciation School, Ikere –
Ekiti
(ii)          
Comprehensive High School,Ikere
ekiti
(iii)       
Amoye Grammar School, ikere
Ekiti
(iv)        
Eleyo High School, Ikere
Ekiti
(v)           
A.U.D Comprehensive Grammar
School, Ikere Ekiti
(vi)        
Ajolagun High School, Ikere
Ekiti
(vii)     
Irepodun High School, Ikere
Ekiti
(viii)   Ikere
High School, Ikere Ekiti
Definition
of Terms
WAEC – West African Examination Council
NECO – National Examination Council
Academic Performance:
This means the academic achievement in this inform of grades ranging from F9 –
Al
Validity:- The degree to which an instrument measures what it’s
supposed to measure.
Predictive
validity:-
This replies extent to which
an instrument or an entering performance may foretell future success or failure
of a criteria measure.
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