To investigate factors responsible for students absenteeism in secondary schools in Ruiru Division, Thika District
Bironga, Sophia Moraa
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Many students who enroll in form one of secondary school don't complete this within the prescribed minimum period or a significant number don't complete the cycle at all. This has led to high rate of educational wastage. One factor that contributes to educational wastage is persistent absenteeism of students from school. This study investigated what causes absenteeism. It also suggested some solutions to the problem of student absenteeism. The subjects of the study consisted of form two and form three students (120) and their teachers (90). Sampling was used to select six schools located in Ruiru Division in Thika District. A questionnaire, the main tool used for the collection of data, was administered to the above students. There was an interview schedule and scale for teachers which was equally administered to teachers. The data collected were analysed through the use of descriptive statistics. After analyzing the data it was noted that students absenteeism was a problem affecting all the selected secondary schools. The major causes of students absenteeism were lack of school fees, sickness and withholding by parents. It was realized that in order to solve the problem of students absenteeism then other people need to be involved like parents, curriculum developers, and school counsellors.