Why do some students fail? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 July 2011 14:25

Truly it’s a tragedy to see some of our students fail in certain subjects after being provided with enough and equal opportunities and chances to learn.
I have always believed that it is the primordial duty of every teacher to see to it that no student is left behind in his class. That having one student fail in his subject is a minus factor against him. Gone are those days when the greatness of a teacher is based on the number of students who fail because of difficulty of the subject or because of very high standards.
If this is so, why do some students still fail?

Here are some proven factors:
1. Absenteeism lessens a student’s chance to acquire knowledge and skills.
2. Lack of interest and Poor Study Habits affect a pupil capacity to learn.
3. Poor Reading Ability and Comprehension. Naturally, a student who is poor in reading is poor in comprehension. His chances of learning will only substantial until such time that he can master reading.
4. Attitude of Parents who are not aware of their duties and obligations to their children. They don’t follow-up their children’s performance, are not willing to spend for projects, don’t monitor grades periodically, and are over protective of their children and complain everything done by teachers.
5. Poor Discipline makes learning difficult. The teacher is careful in choosing disciplinary sanctions to protect him against human rights accusations
What are some possible measures?

To reduce failures, the following can be done:
1. Attendance should be monitored religiously. Causes of absences should be identified and parents notified. Teachers and parents should help each other to solve this problem.
2. If a student lacks interest and has poor study habits, the teacher should have a heart to heart talk with the child and study his weaknesses. He must be able to create an environment that would perk the interest of every student in his class. Parents must also do their part by supervising their children in studying their lessons at home.
3. Individual Reading Inventory Tests (IRIT) can assess students’ reading abilities so the proper remedies and interventions can be conducted.
4. Harmonious relationship with parents and community through the PTCA should be maintained so that school policies are properly disseminated and  accepted.
5. Discipline should always be reasonable and proportional to the offense committed. — Noel M. Reyes/Regional Science High School for Region 9