• Performance of Home Economics Candidates in Core Subjects at West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination   [CCE 2013]
  • Author(s)
  • Phyllis Forster
  • West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) results of two public Senior High Schools (SHS) in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 were examined, and the performance of 300 candidates who offered General Arts, Business, Science, Visual Arts and Home Economics programs were compared to determine the general performance of candidates in the Home Economics option, and the trend of their quali-fication for higher education. Twelve teachers of the core subjects and twenty Home Economics students were also interviewed to get explanations to the performance of the Home Economics candidates in the core subjects. The findings showed that candidates who offered Home Economics generally had low grade scores. They were the fifth and therefore the last in English and Science, but the third in Mathematics. For the three-year period, only five candidates out of 60 in Home Economics passed all the three subjects to qualify for higher education. Further investigations revealed that though the Home Economics students were doing their best in the core subjects, their scores were generally low. Students complained that their teachers in the core subjects were not serious with their work and kept embarrassing and discouraging them in class. Recom-mendations made were that teacher education should continue after graduation through in-service training, workshops and seminars, to keep teachers updated with curriculum changes, and enable them to teach stu-dents with different learning abilities effectively; talks on Home Economics careers should be organized in SHS to correct the wrong perceptions teachers and students have about the Home Economics option and en-courage Home Economics students; Ghana Home Economics Association should also embark on public edu-cation to change the negative perceptions the general public has about the subject.
  • Home Economics; Candidates; Core Subjects; Examination Results; Performance
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