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AN EVALUATION OF ALLOCATION, AVAILABILITY AND MAINTENANCE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES AS CORRELATE OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA

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AN EVALUATION OF ALLOCATION, AVAILABILITY AND MAINTENANCE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES AS CORRELATE OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

This study investigated school facilities allocation, availability and maintenance as correlate of academic performance of Senior Secondary School students in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Correlational research design was adopted for the study. A sample of 153 school principals and 377 teachers were randomly drawn from 248 senior secondary schools and 6,450 teachers respectively using proportionate sampling technique. Two questionnaires titled “School Facilities Planning and Allocation Questionnaire (SFAQ) and Management of School Facilities Questionnaire (MSFQ)”, students’ academic performance proforma and checklist were used for data collection. The reliability coefficient of SFAQ and MSFQ after validation was 0.82 and 0.76 respectively using Cronbach alpha. Mean scores, standard deviations and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was used for answering the research questions and hypotheses. Allocative and maintenance efficiency of school facilities was found to be inefficient and efficient respectively. The Level of availability of school facilities was rated as not available and level of students’ academic performance in WAEC/SSCE May/June 2013 – 2015 was found to be poor. The study revealed a significant relationship between school facilities allocative efficiency, availability, maintenance efficiency and students’ academic performance in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The study recommended among others that government should adequately equip all Senior Secondary Schools in the State using appropriate procedures for facilities planning and allocation, school principals should frequently carry out comprehensive assessment of facilities in their schools to determine areas of need, and the Ministry of Education should promptly provide fund for the maintenance of school facilities as they receive report from schools.

 

Keyword: School Facilities, Allocation, Availability, Maintenance, Academic

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