The upshot of availability and utilization of Science laboratory inputs on students’ academic achievement in high school Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Ilu Abba Bora Zone, Southwestern Ethiopia

Tekalign Kejela Geleta

Abstract


Science laboratories have a paramount role in teaching and learning process of practical activities.
Descriptive survey method was used to investigate the upshot of the availability and the extent of use of available
biology, chemistry and physics laboratory inputs on students’ academic achievement in high schools of the Ilu Abba
Bora Zone, Southwestern Ethiopia. Multistage cluster sampling technique was used to select randomly a total of
408 students and 100 teachers from 12 high schools. Questionnaire, science laboratory input checklist and student
result data sheet were used to gather data for the study. This study indicates that, shortage and ineffective use of
science laboratories in the high schools correlates with poor achievements of students in standardized Ethiopian
General School Leaving Certificate Examination (EGSLCE). The less availability, improper handling of available
resources and the improper use of science laboratory items lead to the wastage of resources, less effectiveness of
science laboratories and lower academic achievement of students in the high schools of the Ilu Abba Bora Zone,
Southwestern Ethiopia.

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