BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The importance of English Language in the life of a developing nation like Nigeria cannot be over—emphasised. Moreso, Essay Writing is very important in English Language. Before one can pass English Language, one should be able to write a good Essay to entice the markers. In order to justify the importance Nattached to English Language by the Federal Government, all hands need to be on deck and everybody has to contribute positively to achieve a better goal. Teachers are a force to be reckoned within this task hence, the future of the success of English Language depends on the efforts of the teachers. West African Examination Council (W.A.E,c) in its regulation for prospective candidates for school certificate or General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) makes English Language compulsory and essay writing used to take the lion share of the total marks. It is in line with the above this investigation has chosen to find out the poor performance of students in essay writing of English Language. Most especially, it is based on the students in selected Secondary Schools in Akure South Local Government Area.