RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SEASONAL WEATHER VARIATION AND STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN KADUNA STATE UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA
The study assessed the relationship between seasonal weather variation and students’ academic performance in Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna State, Nigeria. The study involved the two campuses of KASU in Kaduna and Kafanchan. Academic Performance data was obtained from the academic office, meteorological data was obtained from NiMET while survey data was obtained using a structured questionnaire administered to 309 randomly selected student’. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and the Z – test Statistic. The study found out that seasonal weather variations occur in an academic session as revealed by NiMET data (2008 - 2018) and affected the academic performance of majority of the students (180) 58.3% negatively while (129)41.7% were not affected. The study recommended that mitigation and coping measures should be instituted during the second semester which coincides with peak rainfall to reduce its negative effect on students’ academic performance and a new calendar which avoids the peak weather periods in August, January and April should be designed and utilized as soon as possible to improve students’ academic performance in KASU.