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Marks in English and Parental Pressure at School Level in Mardan, Pakistan
This study aimed to explore the levels of Parental Pressure for high Marks in English at secondary level in district Mardan. The research was conducted with a non-experimental quantitative design. Data were collected through a closed-ended questionnaire, with a Likert scale of five choices, which ranged between strongly disagreed and strongly agreed. A total of 384 students from secondary school in the district of Mardan were the sample for this study. The data analyzed with the help of descriptive statistics, i.e., percentage distribution and median scores. The levels of" parental pressure" was analyzed by finding out the mean of percentages for strongly disagree and agree (as low level), neither agree nor disagree (as moderate level) and agree and strongly agree (as high level). The results suggested a high level of parental pressure on the students to get high marks in English, and in contrast, the students have a low ability to achieve the targets. This phenomenon creates mental and psychological problems for the students, leading to their dropout from the school. The study suggested that in order to improve the students’ grades in English and enhance their proficiency, the principals have to inform the parents of the adverse effects of their pressure on students through PTC (Parents' Teachers' Council) meetings.
Dr. Niaz Ali
Lecturer, Department of Education, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal Dir (Upper) K.P. Pakistan
Dr. Mujahid Shah
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan
Dr. Atta Ullah
Associate Professor, Department of Education, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal Dir (Upper) K.P. Pakistan
Pakistan, Parents' Expectations, Parental Pressure for high Marks, Secondary School, Students Attitude