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ANALYSING THE CAUSES OF MASS FAILURE IN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE MATHEMATICS EXAMINATIONS AS VIEWED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN ONDO, NIGERIA.
The study examined the causes of Mass failure in Senior School Certificate Mathematics examinations as viewed by Secondary School Teachers and Students in Ondo, Nigeria.
The Senior Secondary School teachers and students were involved as population for the study. 100 teachers and 400 Senior Secondary two students were purposively selected. The descriptive survey research was adopted for the study. The sampled teachers and students responded to researchers-prepared questionnaire titled “causes of students’ mass failure in SSCE mathematics examinations”. The causes considered were those by: Teachers, Students, Parents, Society, Government, School and Examination bodies. A sample of the items in the questionnaire include: lack of frequent practice by students, Poor mathematical background, laziness on the part of students and teachers, among others. The response scales are Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. Frequency counts and percentages were employed to answer the seven research questions generated. Findings indicated that 98% of teachers and 76% of students viewed laziness on the part of students as a major factor responsible for students’ mass failure in SSC Mathematics examinations while 97% of teachers and 79% of students viewed lack of frequent practice by students as another responsible factor for mass failure in Mathematics among others. The identified causes could be ameliorated through enhancing the teachers’ quality in terms of subject contents, providing them opportunities for further studies, attending seminars and workshops for update because their quality has significant role to play in teaching and learning of the subject.
Keywords: Mass failure, Mathematics, Performance, examinations.