Academic Performance Of Public And Private Senior Secondary School Students In Mathematics



Title page
Certification                                                                                                i 
Dedication                                                                                        ii
Acknowledgement                                                                            iii
Abstract                                                                                           iv
Chapter One: 
1.0        Introduction                                                                        1
1.1        Background Information                                                     1
1.2        Problem Statement                                                              6
1.3         Research Objectives                                                             7
1.4       Hypothesis                                                                          8
1.5        Significance of the Study                                                     9
1.6        Scope of the Study                                                             10
Chapter Two: 
2.0        Literature Review

Chapter Three: 
3.0     Research Methodology                                         30
3.1     Description of the Study Area                             30
3.2    Research Design                                                            30
3.3  Method of Data Collection                                            31
3.4  Data Limitation                                                             31
3.5  Method of Data Analysis                                               32
3.5.1                   Summative Approaches                                       32
3.5.2         Simple Percentage                                                33
3.5.3         Incremental Averages                                           34

3.6            Test of Hypothesis                                               34
Chapter Four
4.0 Presentation of Data, Analysis of Data and Discussion of Findings                                              36
4.1  Data Presentation                                                          37
4.2  Data Analysis                                                                39
4.3  Discussion of Findings                                         41
4.4   Test of Hypothesis                                                         45
Chapter Five: 
5.0  Summary    of      Findings Conclusion and
Recommendation                                                47
5.1  Summary of Findings                                                     47
5.2  Conclusion                                                           48
5.3  Recommendation                                                 48


Science Education is designed to guide the world towards a scientifically literate society. It is important for an understanding of science as it offers personal fulfilments and excitements. The world is confronted daily with issues that require scientific way of thinking for informed discussion, management and sharing of resources such as air, water and vegetation (Ellis, 2010). The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) (2002), as reported in Akporehwe and Onwiodukit (2013) affirmed the role of Science and Technology Education as an enabler for sustainable development. Nigerian Government in acknowledging the strategic role science holds for national development has directed University as a matter of policy to admit candidates on a ratio of 60:40 in favour of science courses. The major index used for assessing scientific advancement through education is the performance of the students. Obemeata (1995) asserted that the achievement of technological development through education depends largely on the performance of secondary school students in science and mathematics. Olatoye (2002) opined that science education lays foundation for work in science-related fields by acquainting learners with certain knowledge skills and attitudes. Ogbonna (2007) observed that there has been a .world-wide recognition of science and thereby science education has found a central place in the curricula of school at all levels. Public and private schools are institutions owned as the names denote. The public school in Nigeria have Federal State, and Local Governments as their proprietors while the private schools have individuals, associations or organisations as the owners. Berkeley Parent Network (2009) asserted that private schools vary widely and level of parental involvement varies from one private school to the other. What is important for a parent is to choose private school that has characteristics that match what they are looking for as a family.  Mathematics