PART 3: PROBLEMS OF STUDY OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Continuing our research. Despite the importance attached to technological advancement, there has been a decrease in the number of students passing mathematics at all levels of education especially senior school certificate examinations. This ugly trend does not argue well for a country in dire heed of technological development. The importance of mathematics as the bedrock for any technological breakthrough cannot be overemphasized. Nigeria quest for technological developments will be a mirage, if a great of importance is not attached to mathematics.

PURPOSE OF STUDY WAS TO:

1. Determine the possible difficulty areas experienced by mathematics students at JSS (junior secondary schools) in Anaocha L.G.Area.

2. Find if male and female students (gender) experience same difficulties.

3. Make appropriate recommendations on suitable remedies for improvements.

4.Encourage students imbible the concept that mathematics, is a primary language for supporting children in science and technology.

The following research questions guided the study

i. What mathematical areas do students find difficult?.

ii. What reasons do most students give for finding the areas difficult?

iii. Do male students experience the same difficulties in the same areas as female students do?

THE FOLLOWING HYPOTHESIS GUIDED THE STUDY

H 1: There will be no significant difference (P,0.05) between areas in geometry found difficult by make and female students of junior secondary school students.

H 2: There will be no significant difference (P<0.05) between the areas found difficult by male and female students of JSS 2 students in algebra.

H 3: There will be no significant difference (P<0.05) between the areas found difficult by male and female students of JSS2 students in arithmetic.

H 4: There will be no significant differences (P<0.05) between the areas found difficult by male and female students of JSS students in all GEOMETRY,ALGEBRA,ARITHMETRIC AND STATISTICS COMBINED.

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