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Concerns have been expressed both verbally and in written forms on the performance of learners in both government and private basic schools. In comparison, it turns out that those in the government basic schools perform poorly compared to the private basic schools.
In view of this Gagblah Patrick, a teacher trainee, has written a piece hinting on the possible reasons why learners from the government basic schools perform poorly compared to learners from private basic schools.
In his piece, he highlighted on the lack of parental care being a contributing factor to the poor academic performance of learners in the government basic schools. He expressed that, parents fail to take responsibilities for their wards in school, instead, they peg their jobs as paramount to the necessary attention which should have been given to help their wards perform well in their academics. He also added that, in respect to feeding, in comparison with the private schools, some learners in the government basic schools do not get enough or no feeding from their parent when coming to school, all their feeding burdens are carried on the government to take that responsibility. Food given them (by government) sometimes isn’t enough to cushion their energy for academic work, hence the poor academic performance.
He again highlighted on the high illiteracy rate on the side of parents as being a contributing factor to the poor academic performance of students in the government basic schools. He quotes, “Research has shown that, most parents of public basic schools are not well educated”. As such, they don’t see the importance and need of education, he said. He again added that, this has given the students liberty and freedom to operate freely on their own. In his comparison to that of the private schools, he clarified that, parents take full responsibility to check their wards, even if they can’t read or write. They seek for assistance elsewhere to make sure their wards are on the right track which inturn, boost their academic performance as compared to the parents of the government basic schools.
He also sighted, lack of teaching and learning materials as a factor in the poor academic performance of learners in the government basic schools. He explained that, teaching and learning materials are the materials which help or aid in teaching and learning delivery. Despite the tremendous work done by government towards education in the country, it is not enough to enable both the teachers and students to explore their educational needs. Parents on the other hand have also failed to supply thier wards with the required and needed materials which would have help them to learn and perform well academically. Again, comparing this to the Private basic schools where both the school managements and parents are always there to make sure that their wards or students have all what it takes to make teaching and learning smoothly, automatically, their efforts will go a long way to boost the academic performance of their students as compared to the government basic schools.
He finally hinted on the poor supervision on the part of government which is declining the academic performance of government basic schools. In a quote, he said, “When a fish will start it rotting process, it begins from the head”. He explained that, poor supervision by government who is the head has left things ajar in respect to supervision and this is contributing to poor academic performance. The lack of supervision has enabled some government basic school teachers develop lackadaisical attitudes towards the discharge of their duties. This has rained down into the performance of students. On the other hand, the private schools which are purposely into business will not allow any teacher or individual to put the school’s name in jeopardy. The strict supervision keeps the teachers on their toes and they perform to their expectations.
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