Factors That Influence Truancy in Community Secondary Schools in Mtwara District (Rural)

Mgonja, Rajabu Issa (2016) Factors That Influence Truancy in Community Secondary Schools in Mtwara District (Rural). Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation was to explore factors influencing truancy in community secondary schools in Mtwara District. This study was guided by three objectives namely; to explore the level of truancy in community secondary schools in Mtwara District, to identify factors influencing truancy in community secondary schools in Mtwara District and distinguishing the impact of truancy in community secondary schools in Mtwara District. Data was collected by using questionnaires, interview guide and documents. The analysis involved quantifying frequencies of responses which were later presented in Tables. The study had a sample of 99 participants. The study revealed factors which influence truancy in secondary schools include:- Lack of administrative strategies by heads of school on student truancy, corporal punishments offered to students, low expectation of students from what happens in schools, poor peer groupings, distance from home to school, unreliable transport to school, weather aspect especially in rain season, variation in socio economic status of parents (SES), family divorce, lack of clear policy on managing student truancy in secondary schools, parents keeping themselves distant from their children academic performance and teachers to be not close enough to their students, Thus, the study recommend the government through Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) to introduce compulsory attendance law similar to that in primary education, to involve parents in their children education and Teachers are recommended to develop a habit of being attentive to problems raised by students for better assistance.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 12:36
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 11:51
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1590

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