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International Journal of Statistics and Applied Mathematics

2021, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Part B

Inter-proprietary differential analysis of senior secondary students’ mathematics performance in external examinations


Author(s): Daso Peter Ojimba, Zalmon Ibaan Gogo and Manufor Victor Donatus

Abstract: This study comparatively analysed the performance of private and public senior secondary school students in General Mathematics in West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and National Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (NSSCE) between 2000 and 2019. The study was conducted in Etche local government area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The expost-facto survey research design was adopted for the study. A sample of 5848 (private, 3163; public, 2685) students from 10 randomly selected sampled schools (3 private; 7 public) was used in the study. Systematic sampling technique was adopted in selecting the students and their Mathematics grades in the result master list. Students Mathematics Examination Grades (SMEG) was the instrument for data collection. SMEG had a criterion mean of 5.00 and adjusted criterion mean of 4.00. Two experts in Mathematics Education validated the SMEG instrument. The Cronbach Alpha method was used to obtain the reliability coefficient of 0.75 for SMEG, indicating 75% reliability. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the five research questions; t-test was used to test hypotheses one and two, MANOVA was used to test hypothesis three while ANOVA was used to test hypotheses four and five. Findings of the study indicated that the performances of private and public senior secondary school students in General Mathematics in WASSCE and NSSCE were good. Further findings of the study revealed that students from private schools significantly outperformed their counterparts in public schools in General Mathematics in WASSCE. However, the difference in their performances in NSSCE was not significant. Also, the differences in the Mathematics performances of the male and the female students by school proprietorship and examination types were not significant. The study recommended among others that candidates should prefer enrolling in private schools for WASSCE and prefer either private or public schools for NSSCE for optimal performance in Mathematics.

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How to cite this article:
Daso Peter Ojimba, Zalmon Ibaan Gogo, Manufor Victor Donatus. Inter-proprietary differential analysis of senior secondary students’ mathematics performance in external examinations. Int J Stat Appl Math 2021;6(3):110-116.
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