Assessment of Causes of Teacher Absenteeism in Public Primary Schools in Morogoro Municipality Tanzania

Mageni, Asina (2017) Assessment of Causes of Teacher Absenteeism in Public Primary Schools in Morogoro Municipality Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate on the causes of teacher absenteeism in public primary schools in Morogoro municipality, Tanzania. The study was guided by three specific objectives including: to examine the causes of teacher absenteeism in public primary schools, to determine the rate of teacher absenteeism in public primary schools, and to assess measures taken to reduce teacher absenteeism. The study employed a causal-comparative research design. A sample of 57 respondents who were selected randomly from eight schools in the municipality. Data were collected using checklists, questionnaires and key informant interviews. Quantitative data was analysed through Excel computer software into percentages. On the other hand, qualitative data was analysed through qualitative content analysis method. The study has revealed that teacher absenteeism is caused by family and social responsibilities, bad work conditions, poor health and accidents. Also, the rate of teacher absenteeism in the selected primary schools was 15 percent. It was also been revealed that measures to reduce teacher absenteeism include reprimands, warnings, counselling, transfers or dismissals. It is concluded that teacher absenteeism in the investigated schools is caused by teachers attending non-job responsibilities and poor work or health conditions. The study recommends that the government should formulate a policy on incentive mechanisms for awarding frequently attending teachers.

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: 27 Sep 2018 07:24
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 07:24
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1908

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