This study was designed to investigate the relationship between academic performance of basic science and mathematics in junior secondary certificate examination (JSCE) in Abeokuta south local government area; a case study of Egba Comprehensive High School, Asero, Abeokuta.
1.2 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Basic science study major is designed to meet a growing need for people whose knowledge of science is to be directed to its use, expression and administration and in both the private and public sectors. Students in major are expected not only to achieve specific competencies in the science but also to develop a critical understanding of the roles of science in the school, political and economic emphasis is placed on the breath and of the foundational science curriculum student secure specific but in a range of laboratory, ecology and environmental studies as well as mathematics (OGUNKOLA, 2000).
Basic science offers students the chance to look at science in a new way not following the traditional divisions into biology, chemistry and physics (OLAREWAJU, 1994).
As science as develop there are disciplines which fall between these old subjects such as biochemistry or biophysics and there are also important areas of science which are much better studied as a whole rather than looking narrowly at only the physical or chemical aspects. Examples are industrial science gives student and teachers an opportunity to look at the ways in which science is important to our societies and to their development. Basic science can be more relevant to develop issues, and should be tropical and useful rather than dry and academic. (OLARENWAJU, 1994)