INFLUENCE OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT ON STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND SELF-ESTEEM: A CASE STUDY OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN IKENNE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.
Amongst the predictors of students’ academic performance and self-esteem is the degree of comfortability and conduciveness of school environment. The study examined the impact of school environment on students’ academic performance and self-esteem of secondary school students in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State. The survey design in collaboration with the purposive sampling technique and simple random sampling technique was used to select 180 secondary school students from four selected secondary schools in the study area. The instrument used for data collection was the questionnaire, which was administered to the respondents. The data obtained was subjected to descriptive statistics technique and the analysis of variance. The results revealed that physical school environment (p<0.05); school location (p<0.05) and school facilities (p<0.05) significantly influenced the academic performance of the selected students. Also, school environment (p<0.05), in its entirety significantly impacted on the self-esteem of the students. Based on these findings, the study recommends that modern and functional educational facilities such as libraries, laboratories, ICT centers, health centers, sport centers, toiletries and other instructional materials should be provided and made accessible to the students and teachers should be friendly and courteous towards their students so that they- the students, can consult them whenever they have any disturbing issue(s).