Our expert says:
Are you certain that he is truly able to do very much better, and that it is simply a lack of motivation that is limiting him ? OK, failing to attend extra sessions sounds like he may not be trying as hard as he might - but maybe he is convinced that it is hopeless and that he CANNOT perform any better ?
What are his views of his future ? What does he enjoy doing ? How does he choose to spend his time when he has his preference ? And what does he actually want to do with his life ? Not what you want for him, but what does he want for himself ? Presumably he understands he will need to work for a living - how does he want to spend that time ? Does he have alternative career plans which he feels don't need the better matric you feel he needs ?
Overall, its dificult to find out these things if you don't already know them, now that he's in some sort of confrontation about matric work.
Maybe seeing a psychologist could help - to assess his actual abilities, his actual interests, and to discuss with him why he feels so apparently reluctant to apply himself harder to his studies.
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