The purpose of this study was to find out
the factors influencing choice of school subjects by senior secondary students
in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo state. The study was aimed at
ascertaining the factors influencing the choice of subjects by senior secondary
school students. In the process of carrying out the study, questionnaires were
administered to six (6) different secondary schools. The data collected were
analyzed and interpreted simple percentage method. The point of emphasis is to
find solutions to the highlighted problems hindering the choice of subjects by
senior secondary school students of Edo state. The recommendation include
government should recognize the importance of career counsellors in secondary
schools. There should be reduction of the subjects offered in senior secondary
schools and also provides conducive learning environment for the secondary
Background of the study
Statement of problem
Purpose of the study
Significance of the study
Limitation of study
Definition of terms
Design of the study
The study sample
Analysis and interpretation of data
Analysis of the questionnaire
Summary, conclusion and recommendations
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
the secondary school age, the adolescents are often faced with the problems of
choosing subjects that are suitable and relevant for the attainment of a dream
career. This process of choice making leads the adolescent to select one form
of subject or the other in which he/she is best suited.
to Okeke (1993) in pre-colonial Nigeria, the acquisition of skills did not
require more specialized assistant because it was used informally at home, in
families, in village squares and at moon light games. These purposes were
clearly understood by the citizens who imparted the skills such as practical
transmission of local customs, moral, religious and social values.
Furthermore, it was a situation in which young people suddenly learnt their
father’s profession. Therefore, if the father was a blacksmith, what this means
is that abilities, interest and occupational needs of the pre-colonial society
and other variable factors were not considered before choosing occupation by
It has also
been observed that in a simple society, choice of career of subjects relating
to such career does not require specialized assistance. In such situation,
parents or even peer group could be of influence in some society; there has
been little or no knowledge of what goes on in schools. It becomes pertinent
that the schools should have valuable assistance in this direction. Students
who pass their secondary final examination could always secure employment. This
secondary school certificate serves as visa for employment and for admission
into higher institutions.
In modern age, the quest for knowledge and excellence has made the
society more complex and as a result creates the problems of career choice
among youths just coming out from secondary schools. Often, the adolescent
students choose subjects for which they have no interest or ability on and the
effect is always failure on the part of the students and in some cases,
frustration which eventually leads to drop out with thus choosing a suitable
and interesting subjects becomes every developing adolescent’s problem which he
or she must in one time or the other face in life time. This eventually becomes
not just the individual student’s problem but societal and government
importantly, the choice of subject is very crucial in the lives of students as
it may affect every aspect of their lives. It is so because it determines the
student’s career lives. A right choice in subject making will always afford the
students the opportunity to actualize potentials in their chosen future career.
(1997) opined that our young ones need constant guidance in choice of subject.
This is because it is common find students choosing subjects for which they
have little or no aptitude or interest only to end frustration in the long run.
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
the fact that a country’s development lies on the youths of the country which
the next generation and engine to growth , therefore, this study intends to
examine the specific factors or issues that serve as a barrier to choice of
school subjects by senior secondary school students.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
research work was carried out to examine the factors influencing choice of
school subjects by senior secondary school students in Oredo Local Government
Area of Edo state as its main objectives with others are:
It is aimed
at bringing light to various factors influencing choice of school subjects by
senior secondary school students. This study will also determine the relative
influence of each factor that affects student’s choice in their secondary
schools. Finally, the researcher intends to discover how students combine
choice of subject in line with their future career.
following are the research questions for this study:
1.Does the counselling services provided by
teachers to student’s choice of subject?
2.Does peer group influence affect students’
choice of subject?
3.Does the socio-economic background of students
affect the choice of school subjects?
4.Does government regulation affect students’
choice of subject?
5.Does ineffectiveness of senior secondary school
teachers reflect on choice of subject made by students?
6.Does student’s academic performance and
appropriate reading manner affect their choice of subject?
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
parents are ill-informed about the opportunities opened to their children.
There is also lack of awareness of what should be the factors to consider
before choosing subjects among students themselves. There is also the
conflicting value of students at times when they are faced with the problems of
making the right choice.
will help students understand themselves, become more effective, be more
productive and appear being. Also, the study intend to reinforce the need for
training and updating school counsellors who will be of help to the
interpretation of students’ test result to place them where they are needed.
This study is also aimed at reducing social vices of our young people. many
students have drop out of schools due to their inability to recognize
their potentials. This study will put them into normal human track and make him
sensitive to societal norms/values.
the overall significance of this study is to reveal the career aspiration of
students and on the promise that it will help career guidance experts in
assisting tomorrow’s leaders, making a social decision as regards to their
school subject which will save these you8ng people from future failure and
frustrations which make them productive and equip them with the prerequisite
knowledge for future learning.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
willingness to select among other options.
way something is done or happens.
that is large or important enough to have an effect.
area of knowledge that one studies in school or university.
who has been trained to advice students with problems or pressing issues.
factors that affect human decisions making.
are reasons behind certain happenings or why certain things happen
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY
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