Factors Affecting Junior High School Pupils’ Performance in Mathematics in Cape Coast Metropolis, Ghana

Authors

  • Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast
  • Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast
  • Daniel Asamoah Faculty of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Cape Coast
  • Frank Quansah Faculty of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Cape Coast
  • Simon-Peter Kafui Aheto Faculty of Science & Technology, College of Education, University of Cape Coast

Keywords:

Mathematics; performance; personal; school; peer; home

Abstract

Mathematics plays a vital role in individuals’ ability in dealing with several circles
of life. This study explored the factors affecting students’ performance in Mathematics in
Junior High Schools (JHS) in the Cape Coast Metropolis of Ghana. The descriptive survey
approach was employed for this study. Through random and purposive sampling techniques,
427 JHS 3 pupils were sampled from seven JHS for the study. Questionnaire was used as
the instrument. A simultaneous multiple regression analysis discovered that home factors
had the greatest influence on JHS pupils’ performance in Mathematics. However, personal
factors significantly affected male students performance whiles home factors significantly
affected female students performance in Mathematics. It was recommended that Mathematics
teachers and parents should motivate, encourage and support their children in learning of
Mathematics.

Author Biographies

Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey, College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast

Dr. Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey teaches at the College of Distance Education, University
of Cape Coast. Email: vankomah-sey@ucc.edu.gh, verasey@yahoo.com

Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey, College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast

Dr. Vera Rosemary Ankoma-Sey teaches at the College of Distance Education, University
of Cape Coast. Email: vankomah-sey@ucc.edu.gh, verasey@yahoo.com

Daniel Asamoah, Faculty of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Cape Coast

Mr. Daniel Asamoah teaches at the Department of Education and Psychology, Faculty
of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Cape Coast. Email:
asamoahdaniel31@gmail.com, asamoahdaniel@yahoo.com

Frank Quansah, Faculty of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Cape Coast

Mr. Frank Quansah teaches at the Department of Education and Psychology, Faculty
of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Cape Coast. Email:
fquansah99@gmail.com

Simon-Peter Kafui Aheto, Faculty of Science & Technology, College of Education, University of Cape Coast

Dr. Simon- Peter Kafui Aheto teaches at the Department of Mathematics & ICT Education,
Faculty of Science & Technology, College of Education, University of Cape Coast. Email:
saheto@ucc.edu.gh, kafuiaheto@yahoo.com

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Published

2021-03-16

How to Cite

Ankoma-Sey, V. R. ., Ankoma-Sey, V. R. ., Asamoah, D. ., Quansah, F. ., & Kafui Aheto, S.-P. . (2021). Factors Affecting Junior High School Pupils’ Performance in Mathematics in Cape Coast Metropolis, Ghana. Staff and Educational Development International, 23(3), 111-118. Retrieved from http://journal.netsed.net/index.php/sedi/article/view/77