Evaluation of Mathematics Teachers’ Competence in the Implementation of Mathematics Curriculum in Senior Secondary Schools in Kano State
Keywords:Evaluation, Mathematics, Teachers’ Competence, Curriculum Implementation
This paper evaluates the mathematics teachers’ competence in the implementation of mathematics curriculum in senior secondary schools in Kano State. The study was carried out with the objectives to: determine the extent to which teachers have adequate knowledge of mathematics curriculum contents in senior secondary schools in Kano State; find out the teachers professional competence in teaching the topics in mathematics curriculum content in senior secondary schools in Kano State; and ascertain the teaching methods used by the teachers in the implementation of mathematics curriculum in senior secondary schools in Kano State. Also, corresponding research questions and hypotheses were postulated in line with the stated objectives. Survey research design was used for the study and the population of the study comprised of all the (2,533) senior secondary school mathematics teachers in Kano State out of which a sample of 333 mathematics teachers were randomly selected. The instruments used to generate responses from the subjects consisted of a researcher made questionnaire. This instrument was validated by the research experts in measurement and evaluation and was found to be reliable based on the result of pilot study conducted by the researchers, which show a reliability figure of 0.91. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics and chi-square was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Finding among others shows a significant difference in the teacher’s professional competence and the teaching of topics in mathematics curriculum content in senior secondary schools in Kano State. In view of the findings, recommendations were made among others that there is a need for Kano state government to train and retrain mathematics teachers on the content, objectives and methodology of mathematics. Also, government should employ and assign competent teachers to teach Mathematics at all levels of education.