Sunday Francis IGOCHE 1, Kelechi K. OGUGUA 2 and David Iortuhwa TAKOR 3
1 Department of Mathematics Education, Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi, Nigeria
2 Department of Quantity Surveying, Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology, Makurdi, Nigeria
3 Department of Mathematics, Federal Government College, Enugu, Nigeria
This study adopts the descriptive survey research design to examine the influence of teachers’ motivation on students’ performance in mathematics in secondary schools in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. Three research questions were raised to guide the study. The sample comprises 192 Senior Secondary School II students in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. The instrument used for data collection is a structured questionnaire designed by the researchers titled “Influence of Teachers’ Motivation on Students’ Performance Questionnaire (ITMSPQ)”. Data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation. The findings revealed that teachers’ condition of service has influence on the students’ performance in mathematics in Okpokwu LGA, Benue State, Nigeria.Also the result showed thatteachers’ upward job mobility (promotion) has influence on students’ performance in mathematics.Lastly it was revealed that payment of teachers’ salaries regularly and on time influences students’ performance in mathematics. These findings have shown that with teachers’ motivation, the students’ academic performance in mathematics can be enhanced in Okpokwu LGA, Benue State, Nigeria. The paper recommends that for proficient delivery of mathematics knowledge, secondary school proprietors, most especially those within the study area, should take the issue of teachers’ motivation seriously by paying their salaries when due, providing the appropriate resources needed for delivery of mathematics knowledge and assign appropriate workload in order not to overload them. The Ministry of Education should regularly access teacher’s file and grant promotion to teachers when due according to their qualification, dedication and workload. School authority should regularly create means for teachers’ in-service training such as seminars and orientation section that will help the teachers get more acquainted with job description and resource.
Keywords: Motivation, Mathematics Education, Teachers’ Salaries, Upward Job Mobility, Academic Performance, Okpokwu
How to Cite this Article:
Igoche, S. F., Ogugua, K. K. & Takor, D. I. (2022). Influence of Teachers’ Motivation on Students’ Performance in Mathematics in Secondary Schools in Okpokwu, Benue State, Nigeria. VillageMath Educational Review (VER), 3(1), 135-155.