Measuring the efficiency of basic students performance using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)

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The increasing interest in the measurement of the performance and efficiency of Basic students has led to the development of performance indicators, each of which attempts to measure the output (input) of a group of nearly homogeneous products (factors of production). The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) methodology is used to evaluate the performance indicators in other to obtain an overall performance measure through the comparison of a group of decision makers. This Project conducts an application of the DEA methodology in the assessment of the efficiency of the Basic students in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The major indicators included the student attendance, teachers attendance and student continuous assessment as inputs and the students B.E.C.E performance as output. The results revealed the students who were more efficient in terms of student attendance, student continuous assessment and average input. Finally, I discuss about the existence of differences in the strength and weaknesses between the sampled students.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Mathematics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fufillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Philosophy (Applied Mathematics), 2016