A new global study has revealed that Australian teenagers are among the world’s most stressed and bullied.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development survey has showed that teenagers from Australia suffer more from academic anxiety than students in 72 other countries.
It also revealed that 15 per cent of high school students were bullied ‘frequently’, compared to nine per cent in other countries.
Girls were also found to fall victim to more academic anxiety than boys, that can hinder their performance.
“The fear of making mistakes on a test often disrupts the performance of top-performing girls who can ‘choke under pressure’,” the survey stated.
The study also showed that students at elite schools feel more pressure to excel in their studies because their parents paid high tuition fees.
In the study, almost 90 per cent of 15-year-olds in Australia were aiming for top marks in most subjects, and 61 per cent are tutored for an average of 4.5 hours a week.
However, the study also found that children whose parents help with their homework perform worse than those who do it on their own.
The OECD report urged parents and schools to encourage students to learn without generating fear of failure.