CAUSES OF MASS FAILURE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

ABSTRACT

The non-proficiency of Nigerian students in English Language has been a major concern of the research. Therefore, the researcher probed into the causes of mass failure in English Language in senior secondary schools in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State.

The research was carried out in five secondary schools in Olorunda Local Government Area. Questionnaire was designed for the purpose of data collection from a hundred students chosen at random with twenty students from each school. The simple percentage and frequency distribution tables were used to analyse the data.

The study revealed that the students believed that English Language is an interesting subject to study, but that lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching materials, bad reading culture, parents’ illiteracy, bad attitude of students to English Language, poor environmental conditions, overpopulation in the classroom, laziness of teachers to work, and truancy on the part of the students cause failure in English Language…