Causes of Low Female Choice of Agriculture Science Programme in Senior High Schools in Ghana: A Study of Afigya Kwabre District

Kwadwo Oteng Akyina, George Oduro-Okyireh, Winifred Ansah-Hughes

Abstract


There is low choice of Agriculture Science programme among female Senior High School (SHS) students in Ghana. The study therefore set forth to find out the underlying reasons of this phenomenon. Three hundred and ten non-science and non-agriculture science female students from three SHSs in Afigya Kwabre District were sampled for the study. A self-made questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. It was found out that the underlying reasons for the low choice of the programme were lack of guidance and counselling, lack of scholarships for females to enrol in the programme, lack of female role models in Agriculture, mathematics based nature of Agriculture Science and teaching approaches used by Agriculture Science teachers. The rest were difficult nature of Agriculture, too much practical based nature of the programme, failure in examinations by a lot of females who pursue it and more natural science based of the programme. Recommendations were made to improve upon females’ choice of Agriculture Science programme in SHSs.

Keywords: low, female choice, senior high school, agriculture science programme.


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