AVAILABILITY OF TEACHERS AND LABORATORY FACILITIES FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF COMPUTER SCIENCE IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL (A CASE STUDY OF ENUGU NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA)
The result showed that:-
i. Some laboratory facilities are available for teaching and learning computer science in some secondary schools in Enugu North
ii. Most of these facilities are not in good working condition
iii. Time allocated for the students to make use of the available equipment for personal practical are not enough
iv. Strategies that should be allocated for the supply of laboratory facilities and availability of teachers in Enugu North Secondary Schools include, Government patronage, community participation through P.T.A, also more teachers should be employed and the teachers and students should improved materials for teaching computer science in junior secondary schools. A number of recommendations were given at the end for proper study and teaching of computer science in junior secondary schools.
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The aim of computer science education is to transmit data and scientific knowledge. It also aims at building a new attitude that prepares the young to think for them selves to arrive at objective conclusion and also to be able to face a fact changing world. If children are exposed to science early, positive attitude to science at any level is build upon primary and secondary science curriculum and teaching. Therefore, there is need to arrest some enormous problems playing science teaching and learning in our secondary schools today. These problems however, have lead to the provision of science laboratory equipment/facilities.
There is, therefore, the need for some structured activities that will enable students acquire desirable knowledge and skills in science.
Proper (1959) suggested that knowledge in science computer science for instance involved the following areas comprises:
• Problem solving