Investigating Summary Writing Difficulty among Students of Senior High School: A Case of Bolgatanga Municipality

Charles Daarta Nanglakong, Cletus Ganaa, Galaa Eric, Marcelinus Dery, Dabi Eli Felix, Napaala Kwabena Stanislaus


The investigation is geared to explore summary writing difficulty in three Senior High Schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality. The study population was three hundred (300) students and twenty-three teachers were randomly selected. In all, 323 responded to the questionnaire on summary Writing. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics. The results showed that Senior High School students in the Bolgatanga Municipality have difficulty in writing the one sentence summary which is usually set for the final WASSCE examination. The study also reveals that little attention is given to summary in the syllabus. The researcher recommended that, the syllabus be arranged in a manner that makes any one aspect of the English language very useful for the understanding of another. Again, teachers must plan their timetable to give adequate attention to summary writing. But above all, teachers should be adequately trained and resourced to have confidence in all aspects of the subjects.


Summary, Difficulty, Descriptive, Writing, Syllabus, Examination

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