ACADEMIC FAILURE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Education is one of the main foundations for the child’s development and also for national human resource development. It is often said that “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail”. Students don’t plan to fail in school or in life. They unfortunately get derailed along the way by external factors or internal struggles. Failure in school is a national problem and it has been seriously considered in different parts of the world and also a serious concern among children, and their parents

FACTORS THAT CAUSES ACADEMIC FAILURE COULD INCLUDE

Poor time management and procrastination: Student who routinely wait until the last minute to complete assignments will submit substandard efforts and achieve poor performance on exam. The earlier a student learns to develop organized study habits, the better prepared they would be. Successful students don’t rely on parents or teachers to tell them when assignments are due or when test dates are approaching. Students must be encouraged to be thorough in every task and not to quit until it is done.

Fear of failure and lack of self-confidence: A lack of self-esteem or confidence can prevent a student from building on his or her strengths. Too much confidence can prevent a student from acknowledging and improving on weaknesses. For some students, the thought of not being able to succeed is enough to stop them from not attempting at all, while for some other students, this even pushes them to do better.  From the earliest age, children must know that we all learn from our failures and then move on. All new skills require practice and repetition before they can be mastered.

Reliance on others: Parents should encourage their children to develop academic independence and accountability from the moment they get into school. Every child must know he or she is responsible for his or her own learning, completing all tasks and assignments, bringing the right books and equipment to every class, and taking everything home each night. Establishing routines and good study habits at an early stage will pave the way for most students to develop into a self-directed learner.

Lack of desire: Many students are underachievers, although capable of completing their school work, they lack the initiative or motivation to succeed. These are students that can do the work, are highly intelligent, but have decided that there are other things that are more important. In many cases they are distracted by outside factors, emotional issues, or are not challenged enough in school. (In some cases, there may be an undiagnosed learning disability). The danger in rewarding younger students for academic achievement is the pattern that they may only achieve when there is something to gain.

 

Too many distractions: With social media, eReaders, ipads, smartphones, etc. Teenagers have many toys to distract them in their lives. Coupled with challenges in their home, their stress just compounds, causing them to lose focus. Parents and / or support groups must teach youths how to balance competing technologies and external elements.

Lack of perseverance: Students must learn that everything in life is a process. Life is not a sprint, but a marathon. With that, there are lessons to be learned, obstacles to overcome and challenges to be conquered. Going through life thinking success, achievement and winning come easy is a false sense of hope that leads to nowhere.

Excessive dependency of thought: Youth’s inability to think for themselves, take responsibility for their actions/learning,  become solution oriented, will cripple their future. Walking through life, waiting on people to tell you what to do at every stage of your life, will leave students on the sidelines of life. Having an independent mindset is what sets a young adult apart from being the ‘’driver’’ in their life to being a ‘’passenger’’. Students must learn how to manage their life and not let life manage them.

Sense of entitlement: Some youth’s feel that the world owes them something. Taking this approach with their school work sets them up for failure because students don’t put forth the required effort needed to pass a class, win a game/competition or succeed. Parents and leaders must work to correct this mentality in youth as it can be the most detrimental.

Inability to think Critically, Analytically and Creatively: This is one of the deficient area for the 21st century workforce. Companies are looking for people with these skills, but unfortunately, this generation is being crippled by technological advancements and lack of challenge. Students must be challenged to analyze situations, solve problems, be creative, intuitive and think critically both inside and outside of school.

Correcting and tackling these failures, will help position students to successfully navigate the challenges of being a teenager and obtain a standard school certificate. So let’s do it right. Get educated, empowered, and enriched with knowledge. For the students to overcome failure, it requires hard work, a plan of action and a support team, that will enable them reach greatness in every phase of their life.

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