Factors influencing poor academic performance among urban university students in Bangladesh

M. Shahjahan, Kazi Rumana Ahmed, Ahmed Al Hadrami, Md. Rabiul Islam, Sharmin Hossain, Md. Sabur Khan


Poor academic performance is challenging for students, parents, and teachers. This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the factors associated with the poor academic performance of 661 undergraduate students who scored CGPA ≤2.5 from a selected private university of Dhaka City, Bangladesh, using a simple random sampling technique. Data were collected using a pretested and self-administered questionnaire. Of the study participants, male preponderance (88.4%) was found, and 77.9% of them selected the study programs by themselves. Poor academic performance was found significantly correlated with irregular class attendance (p=0.003), father’s low education level (p<0.003), partial family cooperation (p=0.020), use of social media (p=0.006), and excessive time spent for gossiping (p=0.030). There is a need for implementing an appropriate counseling strategy to follow up the academic performance of the poor performing students.


Poor Academic Performance; University Students; Private University; Bangladesh

DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijere.v10i4.21158


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