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PREDICTORS OF AGRICULTURE STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN SINGLE SEX SCHOOLS IN ESWATINI

Alfred F. Tsikati, Nontobeko Mkhize

Abstract


Purpose: Research at international platforms indicates that learners learn better if they are in a single sex school than in a co-education school. However, little information exists in the literature about students’ academic affairs in single sex schools in Eswatini. Thus, the study sought to identify predictor variables for agriculture student academic performance of single sex schools in Eswatini.

Methodology: A descriptive-correlational research design was used.  Ten Form 4 and Form 5 agriculture student from six single sex schools were randomly sampled for the study. Thus, a total of 120 agriculture student from the six single sex school participated in the study. A self-administered questionnaire was used in data collection. Three educational experts from the department of Agricultural Education and Extension established the face and content validity of the instrument. The instrument was found to be 83% reliable. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used in data analysis. Multiple regression was used to identify the predictors for agriculture student academic performance in single sex schools in Eswatini.

Results: The study revealed that the agriculture student academic performance is predicted by sex.

Recommendations: Therefore, the study recommended that parents should be encouraged to enroll their children in single sex schools especially boys schools so that they can do well in agriculture. A similar study should be conducted to compare the agriculture students’ academic performance in single sex schools versus co-educational schools in Eswatini.



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academic performance, agriculture students, co-educational school, predictor, single sex school.

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