Dr Barakatu Abdullahi, Dr Samuel Alfayo Boh & Nura Alhaji
This study adopted correlational research design to investigate the perception of principals and teachers on the influence of administrators’ characteristics on students’ academic performance in senior secondary school in Katagum Local Government Area, Bauchi state. The sample included 80 principals and teachers; a principal and three teachers were selected from each of the 20 sampled schools using simple random sampling technique. The instruments used to collect data were self-designed questionnaire titled Administrators’ Characteristics and Student’s Academic Performance Questionnaire (ACSAPQ), and National Examination Council (NECO) results. The instruments were validated by two experts in the Department of Educational Foundations, Federal University, Kashere. The instrument was pilot tested through test re-test method within an interval of two weeks and the reliability coefficient of 0.72 was obtained. The data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation (r) analysis. The hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the analysis showed that administrators’ characteristics are significantly related to students’ academic performance. Based on the findings, it was recommended that government should encourage school principals to acquire additional qualification, specifically master’s degree, to enable them keep in place appropriate leadership structure that will enhance students’ academic performance.