Secondary School Students’ Reading Imbalance in Benin Metropolis, Edo State, Nigeria: Implication for Teaching and Counselling

  • Felicia N. Ofuani University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.
  • Blessing I. Ohanaka University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.

Abstract

In Nigeria, many students read for the purpose of passing examination and invariably do not read beyond their recommended texts. Reading is an important skill that is needed in and out of school. This study was designed to examine boys and girls reading imbalance and its implication for teaching and counselling. Four hypotheses were formulated to guide this study. A sample size of two hundred and ninety-seven (297) students were randomly selected from public secondary schools in Benin metropolis. A questionnaire designed by the researchers and tagged “Students’ Reading Pattern Questionnaire” (SRPQ) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by two experts and tested for reliability. A reliability coefficient of .087 was obtained using Cronbach Alpha Statistics Data collected was analysed using mean, t-test and ANOVA. It was found that boys and girls have low reading patterns. It was recommended among others that class teachers should set up reading corners in their classrooms and school libraries should be stocked with quality textbooks and reading materials. Counsellors should create awareness among students and parents about the importance of reading.


Keywords: Reading, Imbalance, Sex, Class Level, Under-Perform.

Published
2022-01-13
How to Cite
OFUANI, Felicia N.; OHANAKA, Blessing I.. Secondary School Students’ Reading Imbalance in Benin Metropolis, Edo State, Nigeria: Implication for Teaching and Counselling. KIU Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 4, p. 117-123, jan. 2022. ISSN 2519-0474. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiujoss/article/view/1355>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2022.