Correlation between Poor Socio-economic Background and Poor Academic Performance among Students at Tertiary Education in Tanzania

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJMG.2015.04.02.Art012

Authors : Crescent Daniel Ombay


The core goal and expectation of student at any given learning environment is to achieve the required level of academic performance. This is also true for both educators and parents/guardians. However, sometime this ambition comes in contrary to their former expectation due to different factors that affects students’ performance. Among the long list of factors for poor academic performance, social economic factor is reported to highly contribute. This factor is reported responsible for majority of students’ failure to pay their school fees in time.

The major source (90%) of income for Private and Faith Based training institutions is from school fees. Often, there has been delay or failure in payment of school fee among students. The payment failure rate among many institutions is <50%; thus resulted to inconveniences on students study patterns. In the recent years, there has been an increased rate (11%) of academic failure among students in their tests, semester and final examinations. Institutional management and academicians have been putting great efforts to uplift level of students’ academic performance. Despite all these efforts, students’ academic performances are still not satisfactory. This article is particularly going to discuss the components of student’s economic backgrounds in relation with academic performance. The article looks on how the element of in time failure payment of school fee affects performance of the students. From this discussion, a constructive suggestion would be delivered accordingly to the respective stakeholders as a contributive solution to the problem under discussion.

Keywords: Poor Socio-economic Background, in time failure payment of fee and Poor Academic Performance.


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