THE IMPACT OF ACCOUNTING TEACHERS DEVELOPMENT ON STUDENTS PERFORMANCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION DISTRICT.
1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
The increased accountability to the society through effective teaching has triggered research interest in many countries of the world. The interest attached to education is a confirmation for the increased need for quality human resource and increased accountability by stakeholders for student learning in many countries of the world. Secondary education level enables students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes, which, enables them to develop as holistic individual in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains (RoK, 2012).
Globally, countries of the world have step-up efforts to improve student performance and reduce achievement gap. According to Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, and Orphanos (2009), strategies to enhance effective teaching and improve students’ performance should entailorganizing forums where teachers meet in learning teams and share their experiences. In addition, other strategies include encouraging collaborative learning, promoting teacher professional learning, providing resources for teachers to improved student learning and investing in teacher capacity building. Longe (2011) defined accounting as the recording, classifying, creating, summarizing and communicating of financial information to interested parties and interpreting to help in making specific business decisions. Accounting records are kept to evaluate the performance and profitability of the business organization, prevention of fraud, monitoring of the enterprise progress and for making economic comparison. The accounting curriculum in the secondary schools is carefully designed to suit the needs of the students and other interested learners. If it is properly inculcated into the students, many of them would be properly grounded and prepared to become professionally qualified accountants.
The new National Policy on Education (1981) is designed to be functional, practical and qualitative. This is expected to reduce the mere paper work system associated with the former system of education and which led to the mass unemployment. This new policy on education emphasizes vocational and was formulated by any Nigerians to direct the nation towards technological and economic development and cultural renewal. The subject areas recommended for study and compulsory for every child in the post primary school system include science, vocational and social studies. Under the vocational area is accounting subject. Accounting is an indispensable field of study in education. It is a subject that is very essential for business. It helps both profit and non-profit making organizations. This is because it helps these organizations to make policies which helps for expansion. It also access the efficiency of management to make decisions relating to further investment. It aids proprietors access the efficiency of management and provide information which assists parties outside organization to make objective judgment about the organization. In the secondary schools, the objective of teaching this important subject is to provide students with the basic method of processing data to develop manipulative skills and provide knowledge for career advancement in accounting to develop an economic understanding of business vocabulary to help students develop and understanding of basic accounting concept and principles, in summary to be self reliant.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Accounting plays important roles in the world of business. Due to the vital role, the knowledge and understanding of accounting is playing in the society, there is the need to improve on its standard. The students offering this subject tend to encounter some problems which leads to their poor performances and such problems among others are;
Lack of qualified teachers.
Lack of motivation.
Lack of teaching aids and instructional materials.
There need to provide qualified teachers, equip the teacher with necessary instructional materials on the subject Accounting, and send teachers for training and seminars to increase their standard in order to attain effective teaching and learning in account students.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY.
The main objective of this study is to research the effect of development of Account teachers on account students in senior secondary schools. And how effective teaching-learning of accounting can be improved in order to improve the performance of students in account as a subject in senior secondary schools.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS.
What is the meaning of Accounting?
What is the effect of development of Account teacher on account students in senior secondary schools?
How can teaching and learning of subject accounting be improved in senior secondary schools?
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY.
This study will help in attaining effective teaching and Learning of Accounting in senior secondary schools.
This study will help in improving the attitude of students positively towards Accounting as a subject in senior secondary schools.
Also, it will help in improving the performance of students in accounting as a subject in senior secondary schools.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY.
This study focus on the development of Account teachers to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning of Accounting as a subject in senior secondary schools.
1.7 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY.
This study is limited to account students in senior secondary schools.
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