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Causes of Poor Academic Performance in Chemistry at Primary School Students in Chiro Town, Ethiopia


The purpose of the study is to assess the Causes of poor academic performance in chemistry at primary school students in Chiro Town, Ethiopia. The study was carried out on 169 students’ selected stratified random sampling technique accordingly high achieve, medium achieve and lower achieve classification of students in classes with almost equal proportion of male and female from both grade seven and eight, 2 experienced teachers, 2 school principals, 4 school vice principal and 10 Parent Teacher Association members by using available sampling. Data collected from the field were coded and entered in to the computer for analysis using SPSS version-20 for windows. Reliability of the instrument was computed by using reliability statistics. A Cronbach’s alpha of 0.79 was considered high enough to judge the instruments as reliable for the study. The study revealed that even if there is much emphasis on improving students’ academic performance, still no considerable progress has been observed in the study area. The finding of this study highlighted that the lack of chemistry laboratories and the school facilities, teacher experience, lack of teachers that used local variable materials for teaching students, students’ attitude towards chemistry and parent involvement were found to be a contributing factor for these patterns as well as low achievement levels in primary schools in the study area. Therefore, it was suggested that teacher, Parent should be more practical in this area of improvement.

Keywords: : Academic Performance, School Facilities, parent and teacher related factor

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