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CAUSES OF ABSENTEEISM OF GRADE 9

STUDENTS
OF SAN MIGUEL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
S.Y 2016-2017

Introduction

According to Eneza, Absenteeism in school is the


habit of staying away from school without
providing a genuine or any reason for not attending
classes. Absenteeism is a truant behavior that
negatively affects the performance among
students.

The success of the school in carrying out its


primary charge of educating and socializing
students is contingent on students attending
school regularly. Absenteeism can be remedied by
providing adequate co-curricular activities to
students. Schools should strive to have up to date
learning facilities like libraries as well as sporting
facilities to make students enhance student
retention.
These behaviors are barometer indicating the
likehood of students success. Many school
interventions to improve student
performances use tardiness and absences as
indicators to success or failure of the
intervention. The causes of absenteeism of
students are according to were the following;
Lack of subject interest
lack of personal interest in studies
available opportunities for entertainment
like malls, movie halls etc.,
the mental capacity of a students does
not match with the course opted
Too much pamperness from family
the poor teaching skills of a teacher also
keep away student from the school
lack of confidence
lack of allied activities like no sports
program, no fresher or farewell parties ,no
annual day celebration
Findings

Absenteeism is caused by many factors as such as:

1. Phobic Adolescence

During this stage in the growth of a teen, there


is a lot of fear developed as a result of physical
changes of the body for example growth of
pimples, turbulent emotions e.t.c. This scares
teens away from school.

2. Lack of Interest

Students could be lacking interest in the study,


which could be as a result of content that is
difficult for them to grasp hence pushing them
away from school.

3. Teacher approach

The approach used by teachers may not be


understood by the student and this could lead
them to lose interest in school. Punitive
attendance policy plays a big role in
absenteeism too.
4. Diseases

Some diseases like asthma which requires


attention and care as well as an environment
that is warm and not dusty could make students
remain home.

4. Entertainment:

Accessibility of entertainment facilities like


cinemas could divert attention of some
students from school.

How to minimize absenteeism ofr


tardiness of the students?
1. Motivation: Use different reinforcements to motivate students to
attend classes. Pinning an attendance sheet on the classroom
board is a visual reminder of all the classes they have missed.

2. Involving Parents: Parents should be made aware of the


excess number of classes missed by their child. This can be
done by arranging regular meetings and working with parents to
plan out strategies best suited for their child. For example, in
case of health related issues, the teacher can arrange for an
extra class to help the student with the missed out classes.
3. Imparting knowledge: Educate the students regarding the
importance of attendance, the adverse effects of absenteeism
and school rules concerning the same.

4. Identifying the Cause: Engage in a one-on-one discussion


with the student in order to identify the probable cause of his
absenteeism. This information can help you to better address
these issues.

5. Second home: The school is like a second home for


students. Therefore, you need to ensure that they it is a safe and
happy place for them.

Conclussion

The reasons associated with


lecture absenteeism among student
groups could shed significant light on
student motivation levels and
orientations in university settings.
Paying attention to the rationales for
lecture absence provided by students
themselves could also help institutions
to diagnose levels of student
engagement and respond in
appropriate ways. This study
demonstrates these assertions by
engaging in a critical analysis of the
evidence linking lecture attendance
and academic performance, using a
qualitative analysis of student
accounts of their absenteeism. It
argues that innovative approaches to
higher education would benefit from
the extension and development of this
kind of inquiry.