Clamping Down the Activities of SSCE Miracle Centres for Quality Secondary Education in Anambra State, Nigeria

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Okoye, Faith Ogechukwu
Onwuzuruoha, Ogochukwu Adaku


The study was a descriptive survey that investigated clamping down the activities of Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) miracle centres for quality secondary education in Anambra state, Nigeria. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The population of the study comprised 2,850 students from 18 public secondary schools in Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State, while 570 students representing 350 females and 220 males (20%) were drawn as the sample using simple random technique. The instrument for data collection was a 21 item questionnaire, validated by three experts, two from Educational Management and Policy department and one from Measurement and Evaluation Unit of Educational Foundations department, all in Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Cronbach Alpha reliability test was used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument which yielded co-efficient value of 0.85. Data obtained were analyzed through mean and t-test statistic at 0.05 level of significance. The findings indicate that various types of SSCE miracle centres activities should be clamped down like shutting down of all miracle centres and enforcement of examination malpractice Act 33 of 1999 as sanction to defaulters. Gender and location do not differ significantly in SSCE miracle centre types of activities and methods of clamping down. Based on the findings, the study recommended inter alia that, miracle centres should be clamped down, and enforcement of Policy Act 33 of 1999 upheld to sanction defaulters.

Senior secondary, examination, miracle center, quality education, clamp down

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Faith Ogechukwu, O., & Ogochukwu Adaku, O. (2020). Clamping Down the Activities of SSCE Miracle Centres for Quality Secondary Education in Anambra State, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Advanced Research and Reports, 11(2), 29-36.
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