7 Most Severe Challenges Facing Secondary School Students


July 28, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Secondary Schools



Are you planning to send your child to secondary school in the near future? Perhaps it would be a good idea to know what lies ahead for him or her! Check out the list below of the seven most severe challenges facing secondary school students.

  1. Health
  • Health is one of the severe challenges facing secondary school students. When secondary schools students fall ill when in boarding school, they miss lessons, practical assignments, and examinations. Because the teachers are not always in a position to give extra lessons, the student has to find a way to catch up on the work covered.
  • In addition, many secondary schools do not have qualified nurses and well-equipped sanatoriums. As such, a student who is unwell has to be taken to the nearest dispensary or hospital for treatment. Alternatively, the parent is called to take the child to the hospital.
  1. Poor Government Monitoring
  • In developing countries, monitoring of secondary schools in remote areas is an uphill task. As such, the schools end up ‘doing their own thing’ rather than following government guidelines, much to the disadvantage of the pupil. In some instances, students do not receive proper preparation for national examinations because teachers either abscond duty, or do not deliver the content properly.
  1. Poorly motivated teaching staff
  • Another of the severe challenges facing secondary school students is that of unmotivated and poorly paid teaching staff. Teachers who are constantly facing financial challenges because their pay is insufficient, and sometimes delayed, will not give their best in the classroom.
  • Also, teachers who are not treated well by their superiors will sometimes take out their frustrations on the students.
  1. Resources and infrastructure
  • A secondary school should be well equipped to teach all subjects at the secondary level. For instance, a school that offers chemistry should have a chemistry lab that has all the equipment and chemicals required. If this secondary school does not have these facilities, the pupils stand the risk of not knowing what to do in the practical examination sections of the national examinations.
  • Also, most secondary schools in rural areas also do not have libraries, sports equipment, and other facilities for extra-curricular activities. As a result, the student leaves school without having been exposed and prepared for the outside world.
  1. Career guidance and mentorship
  • Lack of mentorship in secondary schools is another of the severe challenges facing secondary school students. A school that does not have a career department or one that does not take mentorship seriously, will produce graduates who have no idea what they want to do in life. Many secondary school students need guidance on how to pick subjects, choose university courses, and how to survive in the outside world.
  1. Peer pressure
  • Most students in secondary school are teenagers who find themselves heavily influenced by peer pressure. Peer pressure causes many students to view themselves differently, start to behave badly towards authority figures (like parents and teachers), and begin to abuse alcohol and drugs.
  • Secondary schools that have school counselors and teachers who are genuinely interested in the students are able to guide them through this difficult season, and equip them with tools to help them overcome the ills that accompany peer pressure.
  1. Lack of funds
  • Many students in rural areas face a termly challenge – where to get school fees. Many of their parents are farmers and casual laborers who can barely make ends meet. As a result, school fees are not considered a priority. The students are then sent home to get the schools fees, thus missing important class time.
  • Students in boarding schools also face the challenge of not being able to purchase personal items when they need them the most. Those in day schools sometimes find that they have to walk home because they run out of bus fare, or stay hungry all day because they do not have money for lunch.

Above are the seven most severe challenges facing secondary school students today. Interestingly, a good number of these challenges point towards the local government. Perhaps it is time the governments in developing countries took the issues surrounding education more seriously.



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