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Assessment of the Problems of Teaching English Language at Junior Secondary Schools in Katsina State, Nigeria (Published)

Teaching English as a second language is not as easy as some think. In this study, an attempt is made to identify the problems militating against successfull teaching of English language at junior secondary schools in Katsina State, Nigeria. The problems are categorised as psychological, linguistic and pedagogical. The method used in the study is the descriptive survey design. Sixty Eight public, private and community schools across the educational zones were used, involving 210 teachers and 384 students. Two sets of questionnairs, one for teachers and the other for students were used to collect data. The data collected was analysed by means of frequency counts and percentage. Bar charts were also used for further clarity of the results obtained. The findings revealed that pedagogical problems were at the top in militating against successfull teaching of English at the targetted schools. However, among the three types of schools used in the study, problems identified are more pronounced in public schools. The implecation of the findings is that, since the aural – oral skills are the backbone of the English language, a language used as the medium of instruction in all schools, the whole education system is at threat. Among the solutions offered is that  Government should review upward, the current minimum teaching qualification and as an interim measure, intensify effort to provide teachers with lower qualifications the necessary linguistic background and skills for efficient teaching of the two skills. This is necessary because NCE as a teaching qualification has deteriorated beyond imagination.

Keywords: English teaching, Junior Secondary Schools, Linguistic, Problems, Psychological, militating, pedagogical

Status of Teaching Pre-Vocational Subjects in the Junior Secondary School Level (Agricultural Science and Home Economics) (Published)

This work assessed the status of teaching pre-vocational subjects in junior secondary school level. The study adopted descriptive survey method. The population of the study was 2916, while the sample for the study was 215 pre-vocational teachers and agricultural science and home economics students. The study was carried out in Afikpo Education Zone Ebonyi State. Four purposes of study and two hypotheses guided the study. The instrument used for data collection was a self-structured questionnaire. The instrument was validated by 3 experts. The reliability of the instrument was determined by the use of cronbach alpha, and the reliability coefficient was 0.84. the data for the study was collected by the researchers and the research assistants. Research Question 1 and 2 were analysed using percentages while research question 3 and 4 were analysed using mean and standard deviation and the hypotheses were tested using t-test statistics. Based on the analysis, the following findings emanated among others; 92% of the teachers were qualified, the school administrations co-operates in teaching of pre-vocational subjects, instructional materials were available for teaching of pre-vocational subjects. It was recommended among others that the teachers should adopt demonstration and project methods instead of story methods in teaching of pre-vocational subjects.

Keywords: Junior Secondary Schools, Pre-Vocational Subjects, Status, Teaching

Status of Teaching Pre-Vocational Subjects in the Junior Secondary School Level (Agricultural Science and Home Economics) (Published)

This work assessed the status of teaching pre-vocational subjects in junior secondary school level. The study adopted descriptive survey method. The population of the study was 2916, while the sample for the study was 215 pre-vocational teachers and agricultural science and home economics students. The study was carried out in Afikpo Education Zone Ebonyi State. Four purposes of study and two hypotheses guided the study. The instrument used for data collection was a self-structured questionnaire. The instrument was validated by 3 experts. The reliability of the instrument was determined by the use of cronbach alpha, and the reliability coefficient was 0.84. the data for the study was collected by the researchers and the research assistants. Research Question 1 and 2 were analysed using percentages while research question 3 and 4 were analysed using mean and standard deviation and the hypotheses were tested using t-test statistics. Based on the analysis, the following findings emanated among others; 92% of the teachers were qualified, the school administrations co-operates in teaching of pre-vocational subjects, instructional materials were available for teaching of pre-vocational subjects. It was recommended among others that the teachers should adopt demonstration and project methods instead of story methods in teaching of pre-vocational subjects.

Keywords: Junior Secondary Schools, Pre-Vocational Subjects, Status, Teaching