Stress is a state of being under too much mental or emotional pressure that triggers negative thoughts. One useful model helpful in understanding stress amongst learners is "The Person Model.” This model states that stressful events are seen by a person as threatening or challenging ("Commitment to interactive process resolves discrimination complaint", 2016). However, when a student sees learning as a threat, stress can bring him/her competency as well as increased level to learn. But what are some of the problems and solutions on learners stress in education?
Some students cannot afford the tuition fee, let alone the uniforms plus books they are supposed to purchase with their money. Most of the students engage in child labor not only to afford fees for their studies but also to support their families, while others work on part time basis to cater for their education. Throughout student’s time in school, almost everyone faces financial challenges because they have to buy learning materials by themselves as well as meet their transport expenses (CURRICULUM, 2017).
Learners can survive this problem at ease and with little effort. They can take part-time jobs related to their studies so as to get a practical experience of their real field. Alternatively, students’ can start freelancing work that can help them earn some real cash while studying
Lack of guidance
Students have been under pressure due to lack of proper guidance. For example, teachers may lack professionalism required to guide the learners. Hashemi (2011) argues that some of them are untrained, but they find themselves in the learning institutions. However, the need for early education is to induce students into the importance of education, but because of lack of professionalism by their teachers who can guide them, they lose morale in their studies. Consequently, high expectations from relatives plus lack of guidance cause stress among students.
Learners should have prerequisite knowledge regarding the profession of their choice prior to taking it as a future career. As a result, they need to seek consultation from people already engaged in the same field for clearer information and guidance
Nowadays, learners are evaluated not on their ability, but regarding the basis of the class. However, this demoralizes students with poor financial and weak backgrounds. Also, the examination system not only evaluates learners on the aspect of cognitive abilities but centralizes on the memory test (Kezar, 2007).
The examination bodies needs to focus on research with an objective of exploring the world by understanding and not cramming
Learners are subject to regular changes in the language used to teach. However, they can learn the language although majorities are unable to comprehend what’s written in the text. Also, lack of confidence can cause the language barrier among the students ("Pakistan Education News Colleges Scholarship Result Admission Jobs | ilmkidunya", 2017). In learning institutions, a student can encounter others who speak fluently hence lose confidence in class
The education system should be set according to the native language of a nation. Educating through mother tongue promotes not only country's language, but also learner's understanding is enhanced. Although English is international, it should be optional because the majority of the students cannot understand it well.
Imposed study programs
Saleem (2017) holds that “students are not given free will to choose a program of their choice.” Teachers, Parents and guardians impose study program to their children that they do not feel comfortable while studying. For example, a student wants to be a tour guide, but the teacher forces her to do engineering. This can make the learner not perform because of stress and lack of concentration
Parents and guardians should understand what their learners want and help them achieve their goals. Also, students should be made aware of the scope and challenges in any field they have interest in so that they can weight out their potential as well as prepare themselves psychological
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