Repeating fails hardworking students


Recently a student of Trinity College Nabbingo committed suicide after she was advised to repeat a class. The parents to this girl agreed with the teachers to repeat the student against her will. It’s alleged that this forced her to end her life. 

Some school teachers often make students repeat classes with intensions that they might catch up and better their grades. According to a research carried out by it was found out that, students who repeat a grade tended to be less likely to do their homework, they had more days absent from school, they tended to be a bit lower on the academic engagement and motivational scale, they were lower in academic confidence and they were lower in their general self-esteem.  

The system of repeating classes does work to students in their early years of schooling. Rather than seeing class repetition as a default opinion for under achievement. We should think of options that can be rolled out to keep a child with their peers. We should be providing educational responses to these students, meaning if we identify a given problem then provide targeted assistance to that child. 

Ali Twaha is a 2nd year student of Mass Communication 
Islamic University In Uganda


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