IMPACT OF SCHOOL LOCATION ON STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EBONYI STATE: IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL MANAGERS

Agu Anthonia Ngozi
Educational Management
Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu

Abstract
The study investigated the impact of School location on students’ academic performance in public secondary schools in Ebonyi state: implication for educational managers. The Study adopted descriptive research design. The study was guided by three research questions. The population of the study was 4,500 teachers while the sample size was 450 teachers. Self-developed structured questionnaire was used by the researcher titled: Questionnaire on impact of school location on the academic performance in public secondary schools in Ebonyi State (QISLAPPSSES) to collect data from the respondents. The instrument was faced-validated by three experts in the department of Educational Foundations, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. A test – retest procedure was used to obtain the reliability of the instrument. Results of the two tests were correlated using Pearson Product moment correlation, which yielded 0.76. Data collected were analysed using mean scores. The study discovered some location related factors that influence students’ academic performance, location - related factors that affect teachers’ level of productivity in relation to students academic performance and the Location – Related factors that affect Principals’ administrative effectiveness in relation to Students’ Academic Performance. The study, recommended that the quality and quantity of teachers posted to rural schools be improved, special allowance called “bush allowance” be paid to rural teachers. That staff quarters be built for rural teachers with minimum comfort, sharing of school facilities should be even.

Key words: Impact, School location, Academic performance, Implication, students, Educational managers 

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