Comments-Second task

1. Can you give 3 important causes for low achievement by students in your setup/class.

    ·Inability to speak or understand English as one of the common problems with students from vernacular backgrounds (Most of the fellows))

·Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds or broken homes- where parents themselves are not educated professionals(Anshu, Chetna, Mrunal)

·Being pushed into a field they have no interest in (Anshu).

·No provision to provide timely feedback to students

· Lack of enforcement of minimum standards by authorities (Dinesh)

·Language problem and the diffidence some people feel b'coz of it.      ( almost all fellows expressed this).

·Too many distractions and changing value structure (Mrunal)

·Sometimes an over enthusiastic, bright student in class may be a source of inferiority to others. Because some of these students end up answering questions before its over and don’t leave time for the student in question to think up the answer in time. (Monika)

·Writing the long answers especially with the NRI’s (Non resident Indians).

·Home sick (Jyanthi)


2.  Do your department/institution has a policy for low achievers (on paper)?


No, was the answer from most of the fellows, but all expressed the need to have an institutional policy as soon as possible.

Some pf fellows shared their departmental/institutional policies as:

·At dept level we give feedback to students (individually) at regular intervals(Dinesh).

·Usually the performance of the low achievers is informed to the parents. Mentors allotted for particular students are asked to pay special attention and Usually these students are given assignments(Jayanthi).


3. What interventions do you think can help low achievers in a particular setup?

·Timely and regular feedback (Dinesh, Mrunal)

·Personal attention.

·Allot some mentor who they can approach- we tried this, but it doesn't quite work (Anshu, Jayanthi, Aroma).

·Special classes for those who agree (Anshu)

·Implementation of corrective measure at right time (Dinesh)

4. Any single intervention which you think is practically very useful?

    Be more friendly and approachable than normal

·Repeatedly encouraging them, listening to their problem, make them aware of their goals may be useful (Aroma).

·Remembering to praise a student for every little effort, though less useful for the bright student(who may consider it silly) may be very encouraging for the low or slow achievers Spacing out the extracurricular activities in the college, rather than having too many things around the same months, which may bring a long gap in the academic activities. Reducing the number of didactic lectures and encouraging more student participation, either as seminar or topic presentations or group discussions (Monika).

·Well give them more attention, motivate, rewards and a sense of competition. Some extra classes may be needed, more frequent tests, alternative teaching methods may help...if it still does not work...maybe they need to rethink their choice of subject. Our system does not encourage changing your chosen field. We must seriously give it a thought and support such initiatives. A more personalized approach. Each teacher should adopt 2-3 students and see them through their terms. (Chetna)


Language problem has been mentioned by a number of fellows, I think it needs special discussion. We are now getting NRIs, so the problem has now a new dimension.Language difficulty also play an important part in case of NRI (non-resident indians). Sine we are teaching NRIs for so many years, we are now very concoius of their accent. Writing long answers is a problem for them. We do not have any policy at institute level. I think there should be  some consideration given to the fact that theri schooling is quite different from ours.  (Hem). They also have difficulty in writing and need more practice for writing short notes and descriptive answers.(Sheena)