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Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination Results as Predictors of Students’ Performance in Mathematics at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations in Benue State, Nigeria *

Abstract

O’kwu, E.I. and Orum, C.C.

The main objective for this study was to establish the predictive value between junior secondary school certificate examination and the senior secondary certificate examination in mathematics. The study made use of 4698 students of Junior Secondary School graduates of 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 who are also the senior secondary school graduates of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. The records of their final assessments were considered at each level of their secondary education. Correlation coefficients for the overall scores of the (JSCE) and the SSCE were found. All the correlation coefficients were found to be significant at 0.05 level of significance and hence the null hypothesis for the study was rejected at the 0.05 level of significance. It was concluded that some positive relationship exists between JSCE and SSCE which is the predictive value in question. The study recommended that serious attention should be paid to the students’ preparation at the JSCE level to have greater positive effects on their performance at the SSCE level.

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