- BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Education is a process which helps individual to develop his abilities, attitudes and other forms of behaviour which are of positive and meaningful value in the society in which you live. It is the pillar of nation building. In order to accomplish this goal effectively, an official medium or language is required (Osoba, 1987).
Language is a human vocal noise or its graphic representation used systematically and conventionally by members of a speech community for the purpose of communication. Language is the main process through which the teacher puts information across to learners.
The learners respond to teaching mainly by means of language.
English language is one of the most popular language of instruction. English language is the second language of Nigeria apart from the indigenous mother tongue languages. It is used daily outside the mandatory official contexts at home, market place, religious houses, clinics, hospitals, departmental stores, social gathering, used for writing signboards and so many purposes.
For some years ago, in the defunct Ekiti mouth Local Government area, secondary school female students, performance in English language examination in most of their post primary institutions have not been encouraging compared with their male counterparts.
Even now, in Ikere Local Government area, the nonchalant attitude of the female students also has its own effect on the performance of the students at the final school certificate Examination. The girls are generally lazy and have not cultivated the habit of reading novels, journals, dailies to widen their vocabularies and improve their expressions.
Taking into consideration the importance of English language, it serves as a medium of instruction above the lower primary. In Nigeria society, English language has been accepted as a second language, so it is the vehicle of all other subjects taught in the schools.
Hardly, could females secondary school leavers speak fluently or write in simple and correct English like their male counterparts. For instance, the last senior secondary Examinations result in English language was that, many female students had F9 in the subject.
For many decades, Nigerian females have been working silently in the background contributing in no small way to the socio – economic development of the country. It is only currently that their contribution is being gradually recognized and appreciated when few females that are able to speak English language fluently manage to get to the top.
Even, some men are afraid of marrying females that can speak English fluently as wives, this is because they feel that such females would know more of their civil rights and as a result they would not be submissive to their husbands or not play the part of a kitchen “care taker”.
English language, as a course, holds the key to future academic progress in Nigeria. To have the opportunity to read or study any course, either in the University, Polytechnic or College of Education, a candidate must have a solid or a very sound pass in the examination set on the language by one of the examining bodies notably the West African Examination Council (W.A.E.C).
Unfortunately, however, in spite of increased awareness, secondary school female students today still face a lot of handicaps and restrictions indeed, in the context of ultimate achievement and comparative figure, it is clear that a lot more still needs to be done to remove the barriers in the way of encouraging female students in learning English language.
Clearly, the number of females who have made it to the top via learning of English language is like a drop in the ocean when compared with the number of top flight male executives.
This is particularly because, men had a headstart in matters of male learning English language, it is because the prejudices and restrictions that gave female that initial advantage have tended to persist. For instance, male lecturers in the department of English language in Ondo State College of Education are more than the female lecturers. It is therefore on the above disparity that necessitate the researchers to embark on a research to investigate the attitudes of secondary school female students towards the learning of English language.
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