• Toba Lamare Department of Education, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Umshing-793002
  • Euodia Myrthong Department of Education North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU)
Keywords: socio-economic status, interest, academic interest, secondary school students


Aim. The study intends to determine the influence of socio-economic status on academic interest of secondary school students in Meghalaya. The study was conducted in two districts of Meghalaya i.e., in East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills Districts.

Method. The researcher used sequential explanatory design for collecting the necessary information. The procedure of data collection was that the researcher constructed a semi-structured interview schedule whereby it was validated by the experts in the field of education. In order to determine the influence of socio-economic status on academic interest of secondary school students, the researcher conducted an in-depth interview on 50 secondary school students who were studying in class X. These students were selected purposively from two districts of Meghalaya. The interview was conducted at school premises and the necessary information collected from students was recorded and transcribed to obtain the results.

Results. Based on the interview conducted, the study found that socio-economic status did not influence the academic interest of the secondary school students; however, student’s high aspirations, their interest in various subjects, their ambitions, determination and will power to work hard in their studies influence their academic interest.

Conclusion. Socio-economic status was not found to have influences on the academic interest of the secondary school students and on the whole the present study suggested for teachers and parents to work cooperatively in order to help students realize their goals and desires.

Author Biographies

Toba Lamare, Department of Education, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Umshing-793002

Ph.D Research Scholar in the Department of Education North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong.  She had a background in teaching as an assistant teacher at the secondary school level and Assistant Professor at the college level. She has an interest in various fields of education like Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Mental Health, Inclusive Education, Women Education and Environmental education.

Euodia Myrthong, Department of Education North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Education North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Her areas of interest/specialization includes Research methods in Education, Educational Psychology,  Mental Health and Educational testing and Evaluation, Inclusive Education, Teacher Education, Guidance and Counseling and Curriculum Development. She is also the NSS Programme Officer from 2018 till date.


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