INFLUENCE OF INTERNET USAGE ON SECONDARY SCHOOL ISLAMIC STUDIES STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE IN NORTH-CENTRAL, NIGERIA
This study examined the influence of internet usage on secondary school Islamic studies students’ performance in North-Central, Nigeria. The study sample was 500 Islamic studies students in public and private senior secondary schools. Structural questionnaire was used to gather data and was analysed using mean, percentage and Chi-Square statistical instruments all at alpha level of 0.05. Finding revealed that students of Islamic Studies had access to the internet using personal data subscription and public Wi-Fi connectivity but they did not have access to the internet via the Wi-Fi provided by schools. It was also revealed that majority of students performed high in Islamic Studies in North-central, Nigeria (High 47%, Average 37% and Low16%). Further finding showed that there was a significant influence of internet usage on senior secondary school students’ academic performance in Islamic Studies (χ2(4) = 526.340; p<0.05). It was thus concluded that internet usage had a significant influence on senior secondary school students’ academic performance in Islamic Studies in North-central, Nigeria despite the fact most the students did not have access to the internet via the Wi-Fi provided by schools. It was recommended that access to public Wi-Fi connectivity should be made available for students in secondary schools by government at all levels. Moreover, Islamic studies teachers should be sensitized on how to use internet tools to improve the academic performance of their students.
Keywords: Influence, Internet Usage, Secondary School, Islamic studies, students’ performance, North-Central, Nigeria.