CORRELATIONAL STUDY OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN BIOLOGY IN PUBLIC EXAMINATION

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INTRODUCTION

The goal of teaching science is to increase people’s scientific literacy and make the world a better place. It is essential to acquire a fundamental understanding of science since it is a source of both personal pleasure and excitement. The world is confronted on a daily basis with challenges that need the application of scientific ideas in order to have an informed discourse, management, and sharing of resources such as air, water, and vegetation (Ellis, 2010).

According to Akporehwe and Onwiodukit (2013), the relevance of Science and Technology Education as a facilitator for sustainable development was highlighted during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002. As a matter of policy, the government of Nigeria has required that universities accept candidates in a ratio of 60:40 in favor of scientific courses. This was done in recognition of the crucial relevance of science in the process of national development. The success of students is the single most essential criterion to consider when measuring the advancement of science via education.

According to Obemeata (1995), the level of success that secondary school students have in subjects like science and mathematics is a major factor in determining whether or not educational efforts to advance technology are successful. According to Olatoye (2002), scientific education lays the framework for employment in science-related professions by acquainting students with specific knowledge, talents, and attitudes. This is accomplished through teaching students about specific topics.

According to Ogbonna (2007), the scientific community now commands respect on a global scale; as a result, the teaching of scientific concepts has merited a prominent place in the curricula of all educational levels. Both public and private schools are examples of institutions that are owned and operated by third parties. Private schools in Nigeria may be owned by people, groups, or organizations, in contrast to the public schools that are held by the federal, state, and local governments in Nigeria. According to Berkeley Parent Network (2009), there is a significant amount of variation across private schools, and the level of parental involvement varies significantly from one private school to the next.

It is of the utmost importance to a parent that their kid attends a private school that offers amenities that are suitable for the requirements of their particular household. It is the duty of parents to provide financial support for their children’s educational endeavors.

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