The Major Causes Of Student Absenteeism And Academic Achievement

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The Further Education Funding council (1997) stated that “Attendance in the classes observed averaged 78% and varied from 59% to 95%” (as cited in Longhurst,1999, p.61). Student absenteeism has been significantly increasing over the last few years hence compelling universities to intervene in order to modulate these absences because skipping classes affects the quality of a student’s education as well as the morale of the faculty(Wyatt,1992) resulting in inadequate learning on the part of those missing and a degree of disruption to the conduct of classes for those who are present (Longhurst,1999). Regarding the relationship between student absenteeism and academic achievement, Wadesango and Machingambi(2011) stated that when students are absent from class, they miss valuable information from peer-lecturer interaction and the benefits of the specific examples lecturers use to clarify difficult concept(p.89), Because skipping class had a considerable negative impact on a student’s learning process,it is important to learn more about students who skip class and their reasons for doing so because solving this problem would ameliorate the learning process.Existing literature shows that there’s a link between student absenteeism and 3 causes: work, the lecturer and finally the course itself. So what are the major causes of absenteeism?
As for work, current literature appears to be somewhat conflicting. On one hand, some authors confirm that work is indeed a major cause for
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