From a recent study by Stephen Gorard, it was revealed that cash rewards motivates the poor students to do better at studies.
Stephen Gorard, professor at Birmingham University, stressed on the use of cash incentives to promote performance and attendance of pupils. He suggested that school should allocate £130/yearly for each student which will be cut down in case a student lapses in any of these departments.
Many British schools have already emulated this policy to enhance academic trend among the students. Vivo Miles is an example of this program that allocates points for students and rewards them with valuable presents, such as iPod, bike accessories, digital camera and cellular phone etc based on their performance.
Professor Gorard criticizes the idea of awarding students for annual exams for it is extremely difficult for the pupils to boost their grades in the final exams.
Times Educational Supplement, a weekly UK publication revealed that little bribes are like ‘small steps’ that build on the student’s academic progress to the final exams. The program focuses on improving the conduct, punctuality, demeanor and attendance of the students through the final academic year.
According to Gorard study, conducted in four cities in the U.S, cash incentive is a better way to boost the student’s academic trend over other available schemes. The study was consisted of more than 40,000 students, targeted to enhance their approach towards school.
On the other side, certain objections are leveled against the program, citing it as disapproving for the students According to David Day, principal at Sheppey Academy, Kent, “We felt that the power of words could be more influential than the power of monetary rewards.” According to him it is the inner motivation of the students that encourages them for academic progress and not the monetary rewards.