IMPACT OF PARENTS, TEACHERS AND PEER GROUPS ON STUDENTS’ CHOICE OF BUSINESS SUBJECTS
1.1. Background to the Study
Secondary school is a transitional stage of education. This is an emerging period of
youth ability (examining talents) to make their choice as science, social science, art or
Business students depending on the students‟ abilities, the ability to do so may largely
predicted on their scores or aptitude test conducted by schools or the choice made by their parents or peer groups influence or through teacher‟s advice as the case may be (Inuwa & Yusof, 2012). The primary objective of secondary school education is to prepare individual students to have strong educational background before proceeding to higher education (University, polytechnic, or college of education), with the simple focus of subject tracking for the purpose of having and producing experts or specialists in subject area. The hope of this is seen as the central duty of the teacher in the school (Fafunwa 2004). To achieve the producing future experts in Nigeria, students determine the area of their specialization at senior secondary school level.
Business subjects in schools are one of the structured curriculum areas geared toward
achieving some specific goals of the secondary education. It is an integrated pre-vocational subject taught at the secondary level as stipulated in the National Policy on Education (FRN, 2004). Business subjects are competence-based subject where each student needs to acquire and demonstrate specific competencies for example, typewriting, record-keeping, commerce economic and shorthand. Effective teaching-learning process in Business subjects‟ terefore depends a lot on the activities that both the teachers and students put up in the class. Hence business subjects are core for building a career among secondary school students.
Statement of the Problem
Making choices from an array of alternatives is an integral part of life. At various
stages of life, individuals have to make some important decisions. Some of such decisions tend to have everlasting impacts on the individual. One of such delicate and life- implicating decision is the choice of school subjects at the senior secondary school level. It is one decision that tends to determine students future educational and career progress. Business subjects are taught as one of the basic subjects that could enable students acquire further skills which tend to be common fundamental to all personal and occupational activities. The researcher intends to find out how factors such as parents, teachers and peer groups influence can merely alter their decisions for choice of interest in selecting subjects‟ combination.
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