The Fall in Standards of English Language Usage in Ghana’s Tertiary Institutions: Takoradi Technical University Episode

Abigail Konadu Aboagye, Henry Asante Antwi, Ramos Asafo-Adjei

Abstract


Over the years, there has been a drastic fall in the standards of the usage of English Language in Takoradi Technical University (for instance: evidence from marking of project works, evidence from marking of exams scripts and evidence from marking of course works and sometimes during contact hours between language instructors and students). Answers to questions pertaining to the factors affecting the standards of English Language Usage in Takoradi Technical University have been diverse and subjective, requiring true empirical research to validate some of these claims. Using an ensemble of more sophisticated fuzzy integral approach, we modelled a hierarchy of potential factors to ascertain the possible causes of the fall in standards of students’ performance. The results show that external factors, individual factors and educational factors significantly influence the fall in standards of English Language usage among the respondents. However, it is strongly suggested from the results that external factors largely account for this menace among the students, based on a high composite impact factor of 0.486 relative to the effect of individual (0.311) and educational factors (0.351).


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