Education is a basic human and social right in any country and now the progress of a country is measured by educational standards. It is a key to the political, social and economic development. It plays an important role in the development of human capital and is directly linked to an individual’s well-being and opportunities for better life. Acquisition of knowledge and skill are being ensured, with the help of education and it also helps to enable individuals to increase their productivity and improve the quality of life. This increase in productivity also leads to new sources of earning, which enhances the economic growth of a country and eventually it all leads to development of a nation Students’ academic performance is directly linked with the social and economic development of the country. Generally the factors that are responsible for academic performance of students include age, gender, geographical belonging, ethnicity, marital status, socioeconomic status, parents’ education level, parental profession, language, income and religious affiliations. Most studies suggest that the academic success or failure of a student is related to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics, and interactive relationships among children, parents, teachers, and peer groups. Besides other factors, one of the most researched and debated factor is socioeconomic status among educational professionals that contribute to the academic performance of students.

NABIHA SALEEM,

Lahore, February 17.