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FACTORS AFFECTING THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN CHEMISTRY OF FIRST YEAR STUDENTS OF EASTERN POTIA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013 ____________________________ A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School University of La Salette Santiago City _____________________________ In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Education (Science) _______________________________ Laila D. Sanchez
CHAPTER 1 THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND Introduction The low quality of education in the Philippines has become a perennial concern for the government and all sectors of the society. Throughout history, our society has south to educate their people to produce goods and services, to respond affectively in their world and to satisfy their curiosity and aesthetic impulse. To achieve any of these objectives people need to acquire reliable knowledge and to think systematically. Education has appeared in many shapes, both formal and informal. The formal venue of knowledge acquisition is in the field of education. School effects on student achievement have long been become an accepted fact. There are renewed pressures to improve the quality of education in the Philippines, specifically in the field of science and technology for us to cope up with the impact of a rapidly changing technological world. There are many signs that all is not well. The sad state of science education in the Philippines has brought about urgent calls for reforms. Article XIV, section 10 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states, “Science and technology are essential for national development and progress. The state shall give priority to research and development, invention, innovation, and their utilization and to science and technology education, training and services. It should support indigenous, appropriate, and self-
reliant scientific technological capabilities, and their application to the country’s productive national life. It is clear from the above constitutional provision that the state recognizes the crucial role that science and technology education plays in the attainment of the country’s goals of rising national productivity, achieving self-reliance, and improving the quality of life. The world we are living now is becoming more and more competitive. Quality performance has become the key factor for personal progress. Everyone desires to have a high level of performance especially parents. Academic achievement has been one of the most important goals of the educational process. Performance is a manifestation of learning. It is assumed that students who learn much perform better. An improvement of the learner serves as an evidence of learning (Samoy, 2004), but there are possible factors that could possibly influence the performance of students. Students’ behavior towards the subject, attitude towards the teacher, the environment they are exposed to, the type of school they are enrolled in, the experiences they have affect their knowledge, abilities and skills.

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