Assessment of Basic School Pupils’ Knowledge of Yoruba Riddles in Ilorin South Local Government Area

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Institute of Education, Faculty of education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.


Respite the significant roles Yoruba riddles play in promoting and aiding pupils’ critical thinking ability, its ~ srformance both at home and in school is declining. Most Yoruba children cannot engage in riddling session, *hile some who do engage in it cannot give appropriate responses to riddles posed. This paper examined middle 'isic school pupils ’ knowledge of Yoruba riddles in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State. ~ ‘.rough stratified and random sampling techniques, three public and three private schools were selected. One indred and eighty respondents were randomly selected from the six schools. A 15-item researcher-designed test *’ Yoruba riddles was used to elicit responses from the subjects. The data collected were analysed using mean, percentage, the t-test and One-way Analysis of Variance. It was found that the pupils had average knowledge of iriiba riddles; there was no significant influence of gender and class on pupils’ knowledge of Yoruba riddles espectively; and school type significantly influenced pupils’ knowledge of Yoruba riddles. Based on the findings 'the study, it was recommended that children should be exposed to Yoruba riddles at their formative years.



Basic School, Pupils, Knowledge, Yoruba Riddles, Assessment