This study was undertaken to ascertain if there is any
significant difference in the level of achievement of gender
differentials in secondary schools in Egor Local Government Area of Edo
State. in other word, to see whether the type of schools and sex,
affects performance of students in West Africa School Certificate (WASC)
English Language. Three secondary schools were selected out of these
schools, one hundred and fifty students were chosen for the research.
The scores of the students were converted to WASC standard scores and
the percentages were found. Then the mean and standard deviations of the
groups of boys and the girls were computed and compared.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Statement of problem
Definition of research problem
Relevance of study
Definition of terms
Selection of subjects
Method of data analysis
Collection of data
Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations
- BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Education in this country and outside have over these years geared
up. Importance should be attached to the level of performance of boys,
girls school and co-educational secondary schools in English language.
It is not often realized that the type of secondary school purely on the
basis of sex can have a tremendous effect on student’s level of
performance in English Language. This is more so, in a society like
ours, where English is the language of instruction in schools. The
language of trade and an accepted medium of communication in all facets
It is therefore, important to find out whether any relationship
exists between secondary schools type, on the basis of sex and students
achievement in English Language in West Africa School Certificate
Examinations. This study considered schools in Egor Local Government
- STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
It is common knowledge that some girl’s secondary schools are
predominantly staffed by female teachers, while some boy’s secondary
schools on the other hand are mostly staffed by male teachers. However,
research has shown that female teachers pay greater attention to female
students, while male teachers pay greater attention to male students in
the process of classroom interaction. The findings in the area of mixed
secondary schools are not at all clear. The fact that secondary school
is purely girls or boys or mixed secondary school could affect student’s
performance in English Language.
- DEFINITION OF RESEARCH PROBLEM
Relationship between variables
In a research of this type sex is a variable. Schools were broken
down into three main categories. We have girls secondary school, boys
secondary schools and co-educational secondary school.
For the purpose of this study, the following hypothesis will be tested.
- There is no significant difference between the level of
performance of girls in girl’s secondary school and boys in boys
- There is no significant difference between the achievement in school
certificate English language of boys in boys secondary school and boys
in a co-educational secondary schools.
- There is no significant difference in the level of achievement of girls secondary schools.
- RELEVANCE OF STUDY
The findings of this study would help schools administrators and
educationist plan effectively on how to distribute schools that
performed poorly in English language. Since this finding is consistent,
other factors should be researched on in order to improve student’s
level of performance of mixing staff and also mixing students of both
sexes in boys as well as girls secondary schools.
This study covers a population of thirteen secondary schools in Egor
Local Government Area of Edo State. The schools which have been sitting
for the WASC examination for up to four years were chosen. The random
sample of three schools was taken using the table of random numbers;
there is one male school, one female school and one co-educational or
mixed secondary school.
The study was delimitated to three selected schools in Uselu,
Adolor and Iyoba in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. the scope
to be covered include performance in West African Examination Council
English on the basis of sex.
I encountered a lot of constraints during my course of research into
this project work. Some of the things I was limited to during this study
included lack of finance, limited time and problem in getting materials
on time. The students I gave my questionnaire gave me tough time before
they finally agreed to help me out.
- DEFINITION OF TERMS
The following terms which might connote different meaning with the design of this study are defined below;
Single-Sex Secondary Schools: These are schools that are either purely girls or purely boy’s schools.
Mixed Secondary Schools: These are schools that are for both boys and girls.
Questionnaires: List of questions to be answered by a group of people to set facts or information about their views.
Limitations: Conditions of being limited circumstances that hinders.
Delimitation: Determine the limits or boundary of research findings.
Random Sample: Selection of students without bias or premeditation.
Null: When the performance of various groups is of no effect.