Poor academic performance has generated concern among teachers, parents,
guardians and the public at large. It is looked at as a vital issue because good academic
performance is associated with a bright future.
In Kasipul division the academic performance, of children has persistently been poor,
students have been getting very low grades for the last five years. The blame has been
put on a number of factors like teachers, the poor facilities in secondary s chools;
however, the parents and the poor family background from which children come have
been largely blamed as a single major factor causing poor academic performance in the
Acola (1995) found out that the family background has a role to play as regards
academic performance, of a child. It causes social psychological impacts, which play a
big intellectual stimulation of a child.
Most of the parents are so poor that they cannot provide adequate scholastic material to
their children. Many times students lack exercise books, pens, while for others the
school fees is not paid in time so that a child is frequently sent back for school fees.
This hinders academic progress leading to low academic grades.
Some homes are located very far away from secondary schools. This makes the
students walk long distances to schools so that by the time they reach they are already
exhausted, and to make it worse such students usually go without lunch.
Onyango Atubo (1985) found out that the academic performance of children was greatly
influenced by over-crowding, poor sanitation and general poverty, which is the order
of the day in Kasipul, say in the slum areas of the trading centres; while poverty badly
hits the rural parts of the area. In homes where raising schools fees is a big problem
some children get involved in domestic and manual work such as rearing animals,
digging, brick laying, others engage in small scale businesses in the evenings after
classes and sell polythene bags, roast meat. This consumes a lot of their time that they
have no time to concentrate and revise their books.
Parents who have not attained substantial academic level see very little value in
education. Such parents do not usually motivate their children to read harder or access
higher levels of education. Children of such parents are likely to drop out of school.
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