Absenteeism and Lateness Among Secondary School Students in Nigeria: Profiling Causes and Solution
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 3 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-3-March-2005
Absenteeism is major and continuous administrative problem among secondary school students in
developing countries. Since the problem is to 70% student home based, there is need for the
student/parent to help identify and proffer solutions to this quality disturbing problems that could lead to
students’ dropout from school.
Ubogu (2004:25) identified illness, permitted leave, voluntary absenteeism, as common forms of
absenteeism. Identified causes of absenteeism include: illness, financial hardship, age, social class,
geographical area, truancy and institutional influence. School related factors, such as; teachers’
attitude, poor administration, high cost of education, illness due to weather condition such as cold,
temperature grey days causes absenteeism among students. Harsh school rules and regulations could
cause absenteeism i.e. corporal punishment; families where children prepare themselves for school
and parent to work. Truancy among students is caused by school-related reasons. Bullied by school
staff, boredom, dislike of teachers and avoidance of tests. These are without parents’ knowledge
(Susan Kirk 2003). School authorities authorized absence for ailments, medical and death in the family.
Parent particularly in rural areas keep their children at home for domestic activities on market and
community festival days .In crises areas, student absence from school for safety reasons.