Abstract: Internationally there is concern about levels of student absenteeism. Researchunderpinning this article consisted of a survey of academic staff and 25 interviews withfirst year students in a well regarded “new” university in Britain. The article explores theissue of poor attendance and why a significant number of students seem to have difficultyin engaging fully with their studies in order to become critical and autonomous learners. We look at the role of government policy, institutions, educators, students, schools and parents. 2. Causes and Structural Effects of Student Absenteeism:
A Research on Three South African Universities Author(s):Newman Wadesango and Severino Machingambi Abstract: The aim of the study was to investigate the extent of student absenteeism inselected universities in South Africa, explore the reasons why student absent themselvesfrom classes and examine the implications of student absenteeism. The study adopted the mixed methodology and used a survey research designas the operational framework for data gathering. Data were collected by self administeredquestionnaires and interviews with one hundred and twenty-six students from threeuniversities in South Africa.
The study revealed that student absenteeism is rampant in theuniversities under study due to reasons such as: lack of subject interest, poor teachingstrategies by lecturers, unfavourable learning environment, too much socialization, part-time jobs to augment meagre bursaries granted by various sponsors and poor relations withthe lecturers. The study also found an inverse relationship between student absenteeismand course performance 3. An Analysis of Teacher and Student Absenteeism in Urban Schools: What the Research Says and Recommendations for EducationalLeadersAuthor(s): Karen Dupre Jacobs, William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
This article addresses an analysis of current literature on employee and studentabsenteeism and seeks to provide key recommendations that may yield higher levels of attendance and student achievement in urban school districts. It hones on the idea thateducational leaders must be cognizant of the factors relating to absenteeism and its costto the educational community at large. Additionally, examples of employee incentivesand elements of effective student truancy plans are recommended that may aide incurtailing student and teacher absenteeism rate for the district. Causes of Absenteeism
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. Pamperness from the family: Students who get excessive pocket money from their families are most likely to absent themselves from school since they need time to spend the money. 5. Private Couching: Flexible private couching encouraged by some parents could drive a number of students away from the conventional school timetable. 6. 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.
7. School Infrastructural Facilities: Lack of libraries, sports facilities is a hindrance to attendance of school among students. 8. Entertainment: Accessibility of entertainment facilities like cinemas could divert attention of some students from school. Absenteeism can lead to depression and also result in poor quality of education as a result of time lost while being away from school. It could also lead to moral degradation that leads to drug abuse, early pregnancies and unruly behavior. Definition of Terms
Absenteeism is a habitual pattern of absence from a duty or obligation. 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. It is Habitual failure to appear, especially for work or other regular duty A student is a learner, or someone who attends an educational institution. Statement of Problem “ To study the reasons of COM’S student Absenteeism and find out the remedies ”