Bullying takes toll on student’s performance

By Manjima Dhakal

billingKathmandu, Aug. 13: Bullying at school has a significant negative impact on students’ academic performance as it affects a student’s emotional and social lives, suggests a study carried out on school education.

Students who experienced bullying for much of their time in schools have low achievement and engagement in academic activities in comparison to the students who do not face any kind of bullying, the research revealed.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both male and female who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
A large number of school children have been facing bullying at schools in recent days, which has directly affected their academic achievement, a research conducted among 28000 students of grade five of 24 districts’ private and government schools by the Education Review Office under the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MOEST) revealed.
Out of total respondents, 22.1 per cent students said they were facing bullying from their friends because they called names, 18.7 per cent students said other friends cheating them in different ways, 18.6 per cent students said their friends assaulted them physically,16.7 per cent students said their friends had stolen something from them such as pen, copy and books, 13 per cent students said their friends asked them not to do their favourable task,11.2 per cent students said other friends excluded them in taking part in school activities and 8.7 per cent students said they were facing other types of bullying.
Some of the students were found facing multiple types of bullying and learning achievement of these students was low in comparison of students facing only single type of bullying.
The learning achievement of the students facing no bullying is high in comparison to those students who face bullying. Based on the average rating of 500 points, students not facing any kind of bullying have achieved 503, which is the highest achievement among all students. All types of bullying facing students’ learning achievement are 472, which is the lowest achievement.
Bullying at school goes against the principle of the school as zone of peace (SZOP). Though schools these days have not faced considerable physical disturbance as in earlier times, bullying has become a major problem that has been challenging the SZOP. So, authorities must be serious about this, Tarak Dhital, child rights activist, said.
Bullying in school is a significant problem worldwide and is one of the most common anti-social behaviour among adolescents and children. 

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