APPRAISAL OF CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT MODES IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN BENIN METROPOLIS
The study appraised continuous assessment modes in public and private junior secondary schools in
the Benin metropolis. Specifically, the study ascertains if a difference exists in the continuous
assessment modes between public and private junior secondary schools in the Benin metropolis. To
achieve this, three hypotheses were tested at 0.05 alpha level of significance. The design used for this
study was the survey research design using the documentary approach. The population of the study
consist of 435 public and private junior secondary schools and 2,357 teachers in public and private
junior secondary schools in the Benin metropolis of Edo State. A sample of 420 teachers was selected
using a simple random sampling technique through balloting. A Check-list was used as the research
instrument. The instrument was validated by experts. In analyzing the data, the chi-square test for
independence was used to test the hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed that there was no
significant relationship between techniques practised between the private and public junior secondary
schools, however, there was a significant difference in the marks awarded to continuous assessment in
both schools. Furthermore, the findings revealed that the method of implementation of continuous
assessment is significantly different in both schools in the Benin metropolis. This study recommended
that the state government through the Ministry of Education should put measures in place to ensure
that continuous assessments carried out in schools by teachers are in line with recommended standards.
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