Identification of Causes of Student’ Low Academic Achievements at Higher Secondary Level: A Qualitative Study


  • Musarrat Jahan PhD Scholar, Department of Education, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab Pakistan
  • Akthar Ali Dean, Faculty of Education, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan



Social Support, Social Media, Academic, Psychological, Stress, Anxiety, Low Academic Achievement


The present qualitative study was aimed to investigate the causes of Low Academic achievements of higher secondary students. Thirty participants were individually interviewed by a semi-structured schedule interview by purposive sampling techniques. All the interviews were audio-recorded. The data was analyzed by ‘thematic analysis’ technique, results showed that lack of parental involvement and support, lack of teachers involvement and support, lack of help and support from friends, excessive and negative use of social media, lack of students involvement and interaction in class, lack of interest in English, lack of learning facilities and teaching methodology, academic stress and anxiety, examination stress and anxiety, social stress and anxiety, environmental stress and anxiety, physical stress and anxiety, and poor health issues were the reasons causing low academic achievements among students. This study is helpful for educationists, psychologists, parents, teachers, and students to identify particular causes, creating biasness in students’ academic grades. They should make efforts to eradicate the identified causes having negative effects on the academic achievements of students who are our future leaders.


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How to Cite

Jahan , M., & Ali , A. (2020). Identification of Causes of Student’ Low Academic Achievements at Higher Secondary Level: A Qualitative Study. Review of Economics and Development Studies, 6(3), 703-713.