CORRELATION OF BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS’ ENTRY GRADES IN MATHEMATICS AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN ONDO STATE

Fadeke Paulinah AKINSEHINWA, Tuke EDEH, PhD

Abstract


The study examined the correlation between business education students‟ entry grades in Mathematics and their academic achievement in Financial Accounting in Colleges of Education in Ondo State. Three research questions guided the study, and two hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Ex-post facto research design and correlation study were employed for the study. The population of the study comprised of 727 NCE Part II students in three Colleges of Education in Ondo State. The sample size of the study was 685 students. Academic record and checklist were used for data collection. Data collected were analysed using frequency count, simple percentages and mean to answer the research questions while Pearson Product Moment Correlation Co-efficient was used to test hypothesis 1 and regression analysis was used to test hypothesis 2. Result obtained showed that in the 2012/2013, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic sessions over 98% of the students passed with credit as the minimum grade and that in the 2012/2013 academic session, the mean score of students in harmattan semester was 49.92±12.02 while that of rain semester was 51.95±11.74; in the 2014/2015 academic session, the mean score of students in harmattan semester was 50.95±15.06 while that of rain semester was 48.07±13.63; and in the 2015/2016 academic session, the mean score of students in harmattan semester was 49.01±10.62 while that of rain semester was 48.31±11.25. Findings revealed that there was no significant relationship between business education students‟ Ordinary level scores in Mathematics and their academic achievement in Financial Accounting and that entry grade predicted students‟ academic achievement in Financial Accounting. It was therefore recommended among others that secondary school principals should conduct orientation programmes to enlighten students on the need to develop interest in Mathematics so as to improve their future academic achievement in Financial Accounting and Business Education Courses in general.


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