The impact of paid employment on students’ experience and performance at University

Disengagement from academic life may affect student performance and curtail their experiences at the university.  A common cause of such disengagement is paid work to which students turn to supplement their finances. Since students from poor families are the ones likely to seek employment during their school years, the disengagement that arises results in academic inequality that may contribute to continued inequality in society. As discussed subsequently, paid employment may lead to lowered academic performance and curtailed social engagements during the students’ time at the university.

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