Factors Responsible For Poor Academic Performance Among Junior Secondary School Students In Oredo Local Government Area Of Edo State

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Factors Responsible For Poor Academic Performance Among Junior Secondary School Students In Oredo Local Government Area Of Edo State


This study was designed to find out the factors responsible for pupils poor performance in in selected primary schools in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State. To find out the factors, ten primary schools with numbers of pupils and teachers were randomly sampled for this research. The instrument used was questionnaire, relevant literatures from both journals, lecture and books were reviewed as to find out the opinion of other authors about the factors responsible for pupils poor performance in. These were trace to the following factors:

  1. Inadequate of qualified and experienced teachers.
  2. Wrong method of teaching and lack of sufficient literature materials
  3. Teachers poor motivation
  4. Lack of test books in primary schools
  5. Lack of interest and unconducive environment, etc

From the above findings, the following recommendations were made to improve the pupils performance in .

  1. The ministry of education should employ adequate number of qualified teachers; provide in-service training for the teachers in the system.
  2. The government and the parents/teachers associated (PTA) should jointly provide schools with sufficient instructional materials and teachers by reducing the population of pupils from 80 to 40 pupils from easy management.
  3. Teachers should vary their method of teaching to make the lessons interesting to the pupils.
  4. The condition of service for teachers should be improved to motivate them by promoting them when due and early payment of salary.

Chapter One


1.1 Background of the Study

Oredo Local Government Area is one of the areas that make up Edo State of Nigeria. The investigation is concerned with the primary schools and junior secondary schools. At this level of education all students offer. The study of has a tremendous role to play in the development of a country. It is concerned with the development of a country. It is concerned with the development of a responsibility for the socializing and humanizing of the child. The focus of this objective is the inculcation of these desirable norms, values, attitudes and behaviour in the growing child to make him fit into the society.

In the light of the above, the objectives of in primary schools and junior secondary schools cannot be overemphasized. According to the national policy on education, in Nigerian primary schools and junior secondary schools should aim at;

  1. Developing the right citizenship as a basis for effective participation in contribution to the life of the society.
  2. Developing in the child the ability to adopt to his changing environment
  3. Inculcating character and moral training and the development of sound mind
  4. Beside, the primary school child should develop appreciation of the dignity of man and liberty
  5. Developing sense of sympathy and compassion for the less fortunate members of the society
  6. Develop sense of respect and tolerance of the opinions of others even in disagreement, and
  7. Develop willingness to accept necessary changes

In purchase of these objectives, the study of, create in the individual the awareness to restructure their goals and objectives in line with the acceptable norms and rule of the society. This will lead to the attainment of a just and egalitarian society, a united, strong and self-reliant nation. Today, the national policy on education in Nigeria clearly spelt our status of, particularly in the primary and junior secondary schools. It is to be offered by;

Federal republic of Nigeria: National Policy on Education, Nigerian education research council press, 1981-the pupils as a core subject, implying that, they cannot afford to dispense with it. What needs to make one thoughtful here is that inspite of the present emphasis on science and technology in Nigeria, the national policy on education has given a place of eminence in the scheme of things.

The investigator, aware of this tremendous importance of the study of to the individual and the entire community decided to embark on a study of the problems associated with the teaching of , taking primary school in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State as a case study.

1.2 Statement of the Problem

The role of in a developing nation like Nigeria cannot be over emphasized. Suffice it to say that a good knowledge and application of principles of by the citizens of this country will be a great benefit to the nation as a whole. It is a known fact that have not been given a due recognition as a core subject in the past but only now. As a result of recent inclusion in the curriculum as a core subject, there is bound to be factors associated with the teaching and learning of . This investigator wants to look into, such problems militating against the effective teaching and learning of the subject is the acute shortage of the professionally qualified teachers. The number of unqualified teachers our schools is alarming and there is no denying fact that effort effective teaching of any subject is predicated on the caliber of people charged with the responsibility of teaching the subject. Apart from the fact that these set of teachers are not professionally qualified, they care less about teaching personal business at the expense of the children in Oredo L.G.A. Teacher in primary schools is a factor responsible for pupil’s poor performance in .

According to Daily Times opinion, the survey carried out by the National Teacher Institute in November, 1983 showed that out of 300, 000 teachers in the country, 200, 000 a clear two third were unqualified. A pupil trained by quack teacher under bamboo tree or a shade without the barest facilities, we believe is likely to be denied the self fulfillment and confidence that an adequate education give. In schools where there are enough qualified teachers to handle the various subjects, the performance of the pupils differs from those schools with less qualified teachers.

According to Akor (1980), he said that the important of well-qualified and experienced teachers cannot be overemphasized. They are the essential ingredients needed by pupils to learn effectively.

Dr. Titus Olikhens, one time Bendel State commissioner for education, in his article stated that ‘shortage of qualified teachers, insufficient provision of instructional materials and teaching methods and lack of incentives for the study were problems militating against the achievement of the objectives of .

Norman, A. pebble argued that one of the things affecting the effective teaching of teachers to provide better explanation which is traceable to their lack of adequate concept and research method’.

M. B. Oguniyi et al write that ‘many teachers of are not trained. The few trained and qualified ones hardly stay as classroom teachers as they find other forms of employment or to higher institution of learning. Combei and Keeves reported qualification and previous experience, perception of professional role; responsibility goal and interest affect the teaching of . In this context, schools with N.C.E. graduates teachers tend to have better primary six certificate and junior secondary school results than schools with grade II teachers.

Another Problems Noted is Lack of Textbooks

Lack of textbooks is another factors that are responsible for poor performance in . There are no enough and comprehensive books for both the teachers and the pupils or students to use. As a result of non-availability of authentic textbooks, teachers do not give vivid information to the pupils or students in Oredo L.G.A. The few available ones are out-dated.

M. B. Oguniyi et al stated that acute lack of textbooks and other printed materials are inadequate. Funds are not also made readily available for teachers to purchase basic materials needed for improvising apparatus. Also, writing along the same line, I. B. Otitoju stated that many students teachers are likely to find themselves in schools where there are no text books and instructional materials and the students teachers are expected to perform the miracle of teaching pupils , that improvised materials will be of help to the teacher and the pupils. The inability of teachers to make use of improvised materials kills the interest of pupils staying the subjects.

The method of teaching

The method of teaching is another factor responsible for poor performance.

Bajah in his book said that ‘ teaching at all levels of the country is out dated. The norm is the traditional approach with the teacher at the center of activities and with memorization as the prima means of learning. Although memorization has its place, it cannot on its own arouse the pupil’s real interest and imagination, nor can it capture their involvement in the process of learning.

According to Abdullahi (1982), he sated that ‘inspite of orientation courses, some teachers still go back to their schools to teach by the lecture method or textbook method. in this regard, schools where teachers vary their methods of teaching, the pupils tend to understand more than schools were the teachers use the lecture method to impact knowledge to the pupils. Different method of teaching help to cater for the different abilities of pupils in class and more able to understand better’.

According to Maduabum, it is essential for nay teacher of to became acquainted with teaching methods that will help pupils achieve learning objectives’. Commenting further, he said that several methods exist which teachers can utilize to ensure effective learning, such method include demonstration method, discussion method, project method, field trip, play away method etc.

According to Essien (1978) p. 81, he therefore enumerated some common faults in the teaching of in primary schools and junior secondary schools;

  • Lack of preparation
  • Lack of interest by teachers
  • Attempting too much problems in the lesson
The size of the classroom

Following the introduction of the Universal Primary Education (UPE), programme into the country, this caused a gigantic increase in pupils population in primary schools. Some schools have almost eight hundred pupils on roll. However, there is no doubt that less time is available for individual attention to the pupils. In most of the classroom, where group work is done, the classes are so noisy and rowdy and the teachers are unable to control the pupils. Such a situation does not allow for effective learning. Due to the number of pupils in the classroom, the teachers use much of the time meant for teaching in controlling the pupils, as such, much work is done in short time because the teachers will now try to teach every thing fort the period in less time. There will be no time left for the teacher to pay attention to individual pupils with individual difference. This does not give room for effective teaching of and it affect the performance of the pupils in .

Pupils Lack of Interest and Unconducive Environments

Unconducive environment and lack of interest affect their performance in schools. S. G. Tunde (1987) in his lecture said, students tend to shy away and become frustrated from the subject because of their poor and this makes them to be weak academically and others think that social sciences is very easy hence little or no attention is paid to the subjects in the classroom.

A. M. Maduabum (1984) in his book titled “Teaching effectively” said ‘pupils come from different socio-economic background. Some may come from rich family, some from poor families and others from what may be regarded as middle class homes. A pupils performance in school is subject to modifications by the amount of time and the kind of home environment to study in the extra moral activities in which he participate and the manner in which he spent his leisure time, all of which are largely dependent upon the socio-economic status of his parents. For instances, a child who hawks rice, banana, beans after school, and come back home fatigues is not likely to perform better than one who is provided with extra coaching courses at home after school and has a good time to study in a relatively stimulating intellectual environment. He further added that a learner’s entry behaviour is his previous background knowledge, which is related to the lesson at home. It facilitates their understanding of the new lesson if he is reminded of it. He further said that ‘the failure of pupils to grasp complex concepts was due to lack of appropriate cognitive preparation’.

Lack of sufficient instructional materials: lack of sufficient instructional materials generally hinders the teaching and learning of . This fact cannot be over-emphasized, as instructional materials are the only way open to teaching of to support verbal illustration to sustain the pupil interest for a considerable length of times.

M. A. Maduabun pointed out that if is to be properly learned, the classroom for sole reliance on the inadequate school resources will create an undesirable class majority, he therefore suggested that it is described that teacher should endeavor to improve the quality of their teaching through improvisation, so as to make learning a bit more pleasurable act effective. With the proper use of these materials, teaching can be made more meaningful and concrete. The mere use for these materials however, does not guarantee effective teaching. It is therefore carefully selected and skillful handling of these instructional materials by the teachers that will render useful teaching and learning.

M. B. Ogunniyi et al stated that there is active shortage of textbook and other printed materials in our schools. He said that funds are not also made readily available to purchase basic materials needed for improvising, many teachers do not feel motivate to teach.

Teacher’s Poor Motivation

Teacher’s poor motivation is another factor responsible for pupil’s poor performance in .

The frequent strikes by teachers in Oredo L.G.A. of Edo State as a result of poor service conditions clearly shows that teachers are not motivated to teach well. A poorly motivated teacher will teach the subject poorly.

According to M. B. Ogunniyi many teachers of are not trained in the subject, the few trained and qualified ones hardly stay as classroom teachers as they find some other forms of employment or go to higher institution, because they are not motivated.

Teachers salary are not always paid on time. A hungry teacher will not be motivated to teach.

The Personality and Disposition of Teachers

The personality and disposition of teachers for a long way in affecting the social and moral behavior of the pupils or students. The teachers themselves lack the social qualities they want to the pupils to have. Most teachers in this local government are behaves contrary to the expected norms and values of the society. In attempting to find solution to the above problems, the investigators decided to look at the following specific questions;

  1. Does the quality of teachers influence academic performance?
  2. What role does teachers prepared noted play on academic performances?
  3. What role does textbooks play on academic performance?
  4. Does teachers personality and disposition influence academic excellence?

1.3 Purpose of the Study

The study is aimed specifically at analyzing and diagnosing the problems or factors responsible for pupils poor performance or factors responsible for pupils poor performance in , and also seek at providing suitable suggestions that will help improve the teaching and learning of in primary and junior secondary school in Oredo L.G.A.

It is hoped that the findings of this project work will be immense benefit to teaching throughout the Local Government Area, since they will be exposed to the factors responsible for pupil’s poor performance in which is bordering the development of education. Thus, enabling them tackle effectively such problems in time.

1.4 Significance of the Study

This study hopefully will be useful to teachers in Edo State in general and Oredo L.G.A. in particular. The result of this finding will guide the classroom teacher on the methodology to follow when teaching . it will also be of importance to the pupils as their ability will be improved in relation to their cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. There will an improvement in the pupils thinking ability and their creation skills. It will equally to along way in reforming the individual and making them to conform to the norms and values of the society. In a nation building and national reconstruction for social and economic emancipation of the individual and the Nigerian society.

Besides, it will also inculcate in the pupils spirit of enquire and creativity though the exploration of nature and the local environment. For example, make them know the objects around, and what they are used for.

Chapter Five

Summary, Recommendation and Conclusion

5.1 Summary

The purpose of this study was to find out the factors responsible for pupils poor performance in in selected primary schools in Oredo Local Government area of Edo State. The data was collected through the use of questionnaire and the data collected were analyzed using table and percentage frequencies and findings were obtained. The questionnaire was administered in the classroom to pupils during class hour. The result from the study revealed that the area is experiencing an acute shortage of professionally qualified teachers in school. What lead to this problem is the professionally unqualified teachers that formed the higher percentage of the already scarce teachers in school. Ninety percent of the teachers interviewed agreed that if academic excellence is to be achieved, qualified teachers should teach. The findings equally revealed that the caliber of teachers go along way in helping the pupils or students in achieving academic excellence.

The method of teaching in another factors responsible for pupils poor performance in . Teachers that vary their method of teaching make better teachers and the pupils will do better. The size of the classroom is another factor that affect the performance of the pupils in . The number of pupils in a class will affect the pupils performance because in a class of hundred pupils, where there are less number of seat for such number of pupils, the class will be congested, and it will affect their performance. Teachers do not make use of teaching aids and when they do in some cases, it is always used wrongly. They misconstrued the use of instructional materials as an opportunity to avoid their normal teaching. This affect greatly the understanding of . A school that uses sufficient and appropriate teaching aids will produce pupils that are good in the field. Teacher’s poor motivation could be a factor responsible for poor performance in as a hungry man is an angry man. A well paid teacher will perform better than a teacher that does not know when his/her next salary will come.

The personality and disposition of teachers influence academic excellence greatly. It is expected that teachers should show good examples for pupils or live and exampling life since they are the mirror of the pupils in the class. With the findings of this study, it is evidently clear that teachers do not live exemplary life. More than 60% of the teachers behave contrary to the norms and values of the society. Textbooks are another contributing factor that help students or pupils to perform well in an examination beside teachers notes. The findings revealed that 90% of the teachers in Oredo LGA encourage pupils or students to read textbooks. It equally revealed that students or pupils who have no access to textbooks can perform as well as those who have. The reason for this could be attributed to teachers prepared notes that might be available to such pupils or students.

5.2 Recommendation

On the basis of these findings, the following recommendation are made:

  1. The ministry of education should arrange for seminars and in-service course for all grades of teachers to offer teachers the opportunities of exchanging ideas and modern teaching methods.
  2. Teachers should improve their method of teaching . The teachers should realize that there is no one best method of teaching a particular subject. This is why the teacher should vary their teaching techniques from time to time.
  3. The government should motivate the teachers by promoting them when due and early payment of their salaries will greatly motivate them to work hard.
  4. The government should build more classroom and employ more teachers so that the numbers of the pupils in class can be reduced to 40 pupils in each class.

5.3 Conclusion

The factors responsible for pupils poor performance in primary school have been identified and recommendations made to solve the problems in this essay. In conclusion to implement the recommendation enumerated, the cooperation of teachers, pupils science association, school authority, federal and state government, parents, the society and curriculum planners are needed to work hard in hand with teachers for the solution to the problem identified.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are teachers responsible for student’s poor performance in school?

Teacher in secondary schools is a factor responsible for student’s poor performance. According to Daily Times opinion, the survey carried out by the National Teacher Institute in November, 2010 showed that out of 300, 000 teachers in the country, 200, 000 a clear two third were unqualified.

What factors influence students’ poor performance in mathematics in the SSCE?

The findings of this survey confirmed the fact that; teacher factor, students attitude and commitment, methods of teaching mathematics, use of instructional materials and the school environment are to a great extent valid factors that influence students’ poor performance in mathematics in the SSCE.

What factors contribute to the low academic performance of students?

The teacher factors that were found to contribute to the low academic performance were incidences of lateness to school and absenteeism, inability to complete the syllabi and inadequate homework assigned to pupils.

Why does New Edubiase JHS A have poor academic performance?

School environmental factors such as limited number of teachers with high academic qualification, inadequate teaching and learning materials, and misuse of contact hours have accounted for the low academic performance in New Edubiase JHS A. Teacher’s level of education plays a very important role in their level of delivery in the classroom. 


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