Causes and Structural Effects of Students Absenteeism:
A Case Study of Saint Mary’s University
The aim of the study was to investigate the extent of students absenteeism in Saint Mary’s University explore the reasons why students absent themselves from classes and examine the implications of student absenteeism. The study adopted the mixed methodology and used a survey research design as the operational frame work for data gathering. Data were collected by self administered questionnaire and interviews with forty five students from Saint Mary’s University. The study revealed that students absenteeism is rampant in the University under study due to reasons such as : lack of subject interest, poor teaching strategies by lecturers, unfavorable learning environment, too much socialization, part- time jobs to augment meager bursaries granted by various sponsors and poor relations with lecturers. The study also found an inverse relationship between student absenteeism and other course performance.
Non- attendance so as to Catch- up on or Completing work to do with Studies
It emerged that any students do not attend core learning sessions at university due to other pressing study related activities that they will be doing. In this aspect, a total of sixty even percent of the respondents reported having absented themselves from lectures several times because they were busy trying to catch up or completing work that has to do with their studies. Several activities were mentioned as having bearing on students non - attendance for lecturers, chief among them being t5he need to work on assignments, completing assigned projects, researching in the library, preparing for presentations and studying for pending test.
An insightful revelation in this regard was the finding that non- attendance to scheduled university classes or activities by students had two dimensions. First, there was a group of students who do not attend sessions by simply staying at...