A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF STUDENTS PERFORMANCE IN ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE IN SELECTED SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ASA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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ABSTRACT

          The study examines the comparative study of students academic performance in economics and commercial in selected Senior Secondary Schools in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State.

          Five research hypotheses were raised and addressed in the study. The research population consists of twelve secondary school in Asa Local Government Area out of five schools were chosen as sampled. SSCE Result for the year 2004, 2005 and Questionnaire was only instrument used for the study. Data collected were analysed using T-Test to find out the differences.

          The results show that lack of interest, non-challant attitudes of students and parents, shortage of teachers as well as un-conducive environment contributed to the factors that hindered the performance of students in both economics and commerce.

          Based on the findings, it was recommended that the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers in commerce and economics must be given priority attention. Also, the government and school authorities should provide enough classroom with learning materials to avoid congestion as well as motivates the teachers by improving on their condition of service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page                                                                                           i

Approval Page                                                                                    ii

Dedication                                                                                          iii

Acknowledgement                                                                              iv

Abstract                                                                                             vii

Table of Contents                                                                               viii

CHAPTER ONE

Introduction                                                                                       1

Background to the Study                                                                    1

Purpose of the Study                                                                          3

Statement of the Problem                                                                   4

Significance of the Study                                                                    4

Research Questions                                                                           6

Limitation of the Study                                                                       6

Definition of Terms                                                                             7

CHAPTER TWO

Review of Related Literature                                                               9

CHAPTER THREE

Research Design Adopted                                                                   19

Population                                                                                          18

Sample Selection                                                                                18

Validity of the Instrument                                                                   18

Data Collection                                                                                   19

Data Analysis                                                                                     19

CHAPTER FOUR

Results and Discussion                                                                       20

Discussion of Findings                                                                        30

CHAPTER FIVE

Summary                                                                                           32

Conclusion                                                                                         33

Recommendation                                                                               33

References                                                                                         36

Questionnaire                                                                                    38

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study

          In the community, people are engaged in a number of activities from which they earn some income. Professionals such as Lawyers, Accountants and Teachers, while other professional activities and some in the factories which produced goods and services such as matches, shoes and clothes. These activities are often referred to as Economics activities, every economic activity which involved uncertain element such as human effort, choices of alternatives or other use of what may be termed material resource and a system of exchange.

What is Economics?

          In consideration of the element inherent in Economics activities which economists have come up with various definition of Economics, for instance.

          Daven, H.J. in (2001) says that economics is a subject that treats phenomenal from the stand point of price.

          This definition emphases on exchange and seeks to explain that economic deal with things that have a price value, which implies that for any commodity or services to be impart of an economic they may have a price attached to its generally speaking which means that economics is a social science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends and scarce means which have alternative uses.

What is Commerce?

          Commerce ban be defined according to Adeyeye, I.A. (2001) as an inter-disciplinary field of knowledge which help us to understand some other topics in accounting and mathematics to mention but few.

          Commerce theory is just as a school discipline. That is being constantly resorted by the frequent change characterize with the purpose of contents, over the year such as body of knowledge require distinct and specific methods or strategies of importing into learners.

          Commerce is a practical subject, but it has a close connection with the theory of economics and it knowledge of fundamental concepts of this subject is necessary for an understanding of the subject.

          Commerce can also be seen as an exchange of items of value between persons or companies. At exchange of money for a produce, services of information is considered a deal of commerce.

          Lastly, commerce was generally aspects of the exchange of production, distribution, buying and selling of goods and service from one place to another.

Purpose of Study

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF STUDENTS PERFORMANCE IN ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE IN SELECTED SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ASA LOCAL GOVERNMENT