Vol. 5, Issue 9 (2018)
Effect of long: Term vacation on mathematics academic performance of secondary school students in Port Harcourt city local government area. Nigeria
Author(s): Dr. Opara Ijeoma margaret, Uwah Idongesit Victor
Abstract: The study investigated the effect of long-term vacation on academic performance of secondary school students in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State Nigeria. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. Time series longitudinal survey design was used. A sample of 58 JSS3 students drawn using purposive sampling technique was drawn from JSS 3 students in public schools in Port Harcourt. The Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) was used as data collection instrument. Subjects comprised equal number of male and female students. KR20 was used to test the reliability of MAT and an index of 0.93 was realized. After a five-week administration of the instrument, data collected were subjected to analysis using repeated measure ANOVA (rANOVA). Findings showed that long vacation has a positive and significant effect on performance of male students (P = 0.000 < 0.05) and that of female (p = 0.000 <0.05). On the whole, it was found that, the male students based on their average mean score had better performance than the females. Based on this, it was recommended among others that the students should be monitored during the holiday period and special attention should be paid to the female students.