The debate over class size has been waged in Senior High Schools and some public basic schools in the urban areas. It came to the fore in 2017 after the introduction kf free Senior High School policy. This prompted the Government to come out with interventions to control the classroom size in the Senior High Schools.
Currently, Senior High Schools classrooms are chocked with students, this make it difficult for students to walk through the rows in the classroom.
This article is to discuss the impact of classroom size on students academic performance.
The issue of class size has again become the subject of debate thanks to the many attempts by the Government and the Ministry of Education to reform the public education system.
Teachers' view of class size has always been clear. Teachers believe that smaller classes "provide better quality and a richer environment for pupils, while making teaching more enjoyable for the teacher."
Substantial research has been conducted in selected Senior High Schools on class size. Although most of the studies have attempted simply to use test results as a measure of the effectiveness of class size, there does appear to be some consensus on the following three points.
Smaller class sizes result in higher achievement among students who are economically disadvantaged, smaller class sizes result in students with lower academic ability doing better, class size might affect student attitudes more significantly than it affects achievement.
Classes of fewer than 25 students to one teacher are most effective. Students in smaller classes outperform their peers in larger classroom settings.
The double track system came to reduce class size, some Senior High Schools have higher class sizes due to lack of Teachers.
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