Education Journal, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Dec  2019, Pages 67-76; DOI: 10.31058/ 10.31058/

Poor Academic Performance of Students in Ghana: Appraisal of Wamfie Circuit Junior High Schools in Dormaa East District

, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Dec  2019, Pages 67-76.

DOI: 10.31058/

Emilyn Ofosu Amaah 1* , Aaron Ato-Davies 2 , Patience Farkor Kpeyibor 3 , Charles Redeemer Semordey 3 , Janet Dansoah Oppong 4

1 Department of Education, Accra College of Education, Accra, Ghana

2 Department of Education, Presbyterian College of Education, Akropong, Ghana

3 Department of Education, Mount Mary College of Education, Somanya, Ghana

4 Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) College of Education, Koforidua, Ghana

Received: 12 November 2019; Accepted: 30 November 2019; Published: 20 December 2019

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The purpose of this study was to identify factors responsible for the poor academic performance of pupils in Wamfie Circuit Junior High Schools. Descriptive design was used. Population for the was made up of two-hundred and five (205) pupils, twenty-five (25) teachers and four (4) schools in Wamfie circuit Junior High Schools.  Simple random and purposive samplings were used to select pupils, teachers and Junior High Schools for the study. The main instrument for the study was questionnaire. Data was analysed using the Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) to generate figures, frequencies, percentages and tables. The study revealed that, the factors responsible for poor academic performance pupils Wamfie circuit Junior High Schools in of Dormaa East District include pupils and teacher absenteeism, pupils and teachers’ lateness to school, inadequate teaching and learning materials, poor parental involvement in PTA meetings, parents not providing pupils with subject text book and breakfast.


Appraisal, Poor Academic Performance, Students, Junior High Schools, Dormaa East District, Ghana


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