Influence of School Environmental Variables on Students’ Performance in Junior Secondary School Mathematics in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume III, Issue I, January 2019 | ISSN 2454–6186

Influence of School Environmental Variables on Students’ Performance in Junior Secondary School Mathematics in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria

Tertindi NAAKAA1, Joshua Abah ABAH2*, Gabriel Terfa ATONDO3

1,2Department of Mathematics Education, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
3Department of Mathematics, Airforce Secondary School Makurdi, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author

Abstract: – This study examined the influence of school environmental variables on students’ performance in Junior Secondary School mathematics in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State. The study adopted an expo-facto design. A sample of 120 Junior Secondary School II students from ten schools was drawn out of a population of 3,482 JSS II students from Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. A validated 20-item Influence of Environmental Variables on Students Performance Questionnaire (IEVSPQ) was used to collect data. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the four research questions raised for the study. The result revealed that nearness of school to noisy facilities has a negative influence on the performance of mathematics students in Junior Secondary Schools. Classroom size, library facilities and power supply influences the performance of mathematics students in Junior Secondary School to a high extent. It was recommended among others that school environmental variables should be taken into consideration in the siting and running of schools in order to enhance the students’ performance in Junior Secondary School mathematics.

Keywords: School Environment, Mathematics Education, Gwer-East, Junior Secondary Mathematics, School Facilities

I. INTRODUCTION

The evidence of science in human development is numerous. For instance, it is concerned with finding solutions to practical problems or finding simplified ways for doing things which might otherwise require a great deal of energy. According to Mulemwa (2002), the fast changing application of science and technology and the global reliance on its processes and products in all areas of human endeavour have made them valuable that any society or country without a good foundation on science and technology risks being alienated from the global village.

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