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Kath Kenyon


Posted by: Mother13 | 2011-04-20


Poor results

Hi my son had always done well in primary school. Last year in grade 8 his result fell way below his 70% average. I got him private tutors for maths and science and his results improved to 60% percentage at year end way above the grade % of 48%. This year he change to a boarding school and his first term results he fail, maths, science and English. The other results also don`t look good. I always measure against the grade average and for all the subjects it is above 70%. So my conclusion is that the problem is not lying with the school as in the previous year but with the child. I told him that he did not study which he confirmed the he is unable to study in the study hall.Our house is usually quiet during study time, could this be it.He is unable to concentrate for long. I think there could be problems but also laziness. Can you give advise and recommend someone to whom I can take him. We in the Goodwood area, Cape Town

Expert's Reply


Kath Kenyon Kath Kenyon
- 2011-06-14

To me this sounds like there is an underlying emotional problem that needs to be addressed.  Your son may be homesick and not like being at boarding school. The anxiety he feels at being homesick and the guilt attached to this could quite easily explain his poor performance academically.  You need to discuss his feelings with him and try to help him come to terms with how he is feeling as well as find a way to help him cope with the situation he is in.  I would not put this down to laziness, but more to stress.  Also - if he is used to an environment of quite wit few distractions, it will take a while for him to adjust to the busy nature of his new school.  Talk to him and see how he feels.  Talk to his boarding master and see if he has noticed anything.  What is his appetite like?  Has he gone off his food?  All of these signal stress and will also contribute to his poor grades.

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