A Comparative Study of Public and Private Senior Secondary School Students’ Science Achievement in Katsina State, Nigeria

Kayode John Olasehinde, Rafiu Ademola Olatoye

Abstract


This study compared senior secondary school students’ science achievement in public and private schools in Katsina State, Nigeria. The descriptive survey research was employed to carry out the study. Two hundred and four students (204) senior secondary school students were randomly selected for the study. One instrument, Science Achievement Test (SAT) was used to collect data for the study. Data were analysed using t-test statistic. The results showed that there is a significant difference between public and private secondary school students’ science achievement (t = -3.537, p< 0.05). Private schools students performed significantly better than their public school counterparts (t = -3.537, p<0.05). There is no significant difference between public and private senior secondary school students’ achievement in biology and chemistry (t =-2.789 and -1.149, p> 0.05 respectively); there is a significant difference in physics achievement between public and private school students (t = - 3.158, p<0.05) and there is no significant difference between male and female students in science achievement in public and private schools (t = -0.124 and -0.158, p<0.05 respectively). It was recommended among others that more supervisory roles be played on public schools teachers to make them work better on their science students.

DOI: 10.5901/jesr.2014.v4n3p203


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