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Influence of School Type on Students Test Anxiety and Performance in Biology at Senior Secondary School Level in Katsina, Nigeria

Adekunle Thomas Olutola

The researcher investigated the influence of school type on students' test anxiety and performance in Biology at senior secondary school level in Katsina, Nigeria. The researcher adopted a descriptive survey design. Ten senior secondary school two (SSS 2) students in Katsina town consisted of five public and five private schools were randomly chosen for the study. Data were obtained from one hundred and eighty-four senior secondary school students in Katsina town (SSS 2). Test Anxiety Questionnaire (TAQ) and Biology Performance Test (BPT) with test-retest reliability co-efficient of 0.88 and 0.87 respectively were used to obtain data for the study. The data collected were analyzed with mean and t-test statistics at 0.05 alpha level of significance. Findings revealed a significant difference between public and private school students' test anxiety in biology in Katsina (t = - 2.250, df = 182, P < .05). Besides, there is a significant difference between public and private school students' performance in biology (t = -4.816, df = 182, P < .05). Based on these findings, the researchers recommended that parents of students in public and private schools stop putting much pressure on their children to do well in Biology because the higher the pressure, the higher the test anxiety.

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