ERIC Number: ED234930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Causes of the Low Performance in Primary School National Common Entrance (NCE) Examination in Borno State. African Studies in Curriculum Development & Evaluation No. 63.
Dibal, Gana Bulama
An investigation was made into causes for decreasing performance on the Common Entrance Examination, a test for admission into secondary schools, by candidates in Borno State, Nigeria. It had been noted that performance had begun to worsen after the introduction of universal primary education in 1976. To gather data addressing the issue, probable causes for pupils' poor performance in primary school were classified into seven areas related to educational practice: curriculum, quality of instruction, examination procedures, learning procedures, school facilities, attitudes of teachers and parents, and environmental conditions. Statements derived from the initial classification were formulated as questionnaire items, to which respondents recorded the extent of their agreement on a 5-point scale. Demographic data about respondents were also collected. Participating were proportionately stratified samples of all categories of persons associated with primary school education in Borno State, including administrators, instructors of teachers in training, secondary and primary school teachers, and parents. Results are discussed in terms of the importance that the total sample and subgroups of the sample assigned to the questionnaire items. Ratings of subgroups and of the total sample indicated that the lack of library facilities was the most serious problem. (Several recommendations for remediating deficiencies are offered, and the complete 60-item questionnaire is appended.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nairobi Univ. (Kenya).; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).
Authoring Institution: African Curriculum Organisation.
Note: Requirement for the Post Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Development, University of Nairobi. Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility.