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Success in every battle is
sometimes defined by one’s discipline. Fulfilment and satisfaction depends on
how responsible a person is to carry out tasks. It’s how works are finished at
a scheduled time. In School, for, example, students are trained to become
responsible and competent enough to carry out tasks and to meet deadlines.
Students are always expected to finish and pass the assigned work at the
deadline set by the teacher. But it’s not always about passing all the
requirements. One’s presence and attendance in school also matters. Students
must attend classes unless announcements are disseminated. But most of the
time, student’s determination and responsibility are tested. Regardless of how
the school and home environment encourages the individual to seek after bright
future, temptations and negativities hinders.

            “When a student chooses to be absent
in school, especially at the college level, he/she suffers a loss of learning
and instructional time leading to poor social and academic achievements. This
is not to mention the financial loss if the student is enrolled in a private
school. As he/she continuously misses learning opportunities in school, he/she
may eventually drop out of school moving on to lives of delinquency, crime,
poverty, and unemployment. Hence, school absenteeism has far-reaching
consequences

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            In most countries, attendance to
primary and secondary schools is compulsory; thus, students who irregularly
attend their classes and demonstrate patterns of chronic absences violate the
compulsory attendance laws. These laws consider absences due to illness and
family crises as excused absences.”(Clores, 2009).

            Absences are monitored by professors
through students’ performance records. Missed activities, quizzes, assignments
and recitations means the student is absent. But conducting this study is not
that easy. We cannot just simply sort out the factors affecting the absenteeism
of college students without properly and correctly identify those qualified
samples.

            Absenteeism leads to many negative
effects. These include drop outs, low performance that leads to low grades,
incomplete remarks and unaccomplished requirements. But nevertheless, some
students are still prone to absenteeism.”It comes as no surprise that students
with high absence rates earn lower grades than students with better attendance
(Redick&Nicoll 1990).  Fleming and
Zafiraufound that over three-fourths of school failure rates were explained by
the attendance rate (Fleming &Zafirau 1982).”

 

            “An unjustifiable or unexplainable
absence or nonattendance from school with attempt by the student to conceal the
absenteeism is referred to as truancy. Research done on school absenteeism/
non-attendance/truancy at the primary and secondary levels suggests that it is
a phenomenon with no single cause-effect relationship (Cameron, 2004).
Understanding the phenomenon means considering interrelated and
multidirectional forces interacting among them, namely, the student, the
school, and the community.

In England,
Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Russia,
absenteeism is considered to be one of the standard problems of the school
systems. Researches done on absenteeism in these European countries  reveal that absenteeism is associated with
juvenile delinquency, social and individual factors, school problems, poor
language ability, difficult family situation, alcoholism, financial need and
illness. Demographic and ethnic factors are also mentioned in this connection.
In general, the frequency of absences in major cities is higher than the
frequency of absenteeism in rural areas. Absenteeism among students is also
attributed to an extremely cold and impersonal learning environment (Sokrates
Programme COMENIUS 2.1., 2003). ”

 

            “Absenteeism can be defined as
persistent, habitual, and unexplained absence from school (Brooks, 1997, as
cited in Bond, 2004). Bond noted that chronic absenteeism occurs when a student
is absent without reason 20% or more of school time; ?this nominal figure is
consistently identified regardless of the specific circumstances of the
absenteeism? (p. 8).  Bond identified
three dimensions of absenteeism: truancy, condoned absenteeism, and school
refusal, whereas the Auditor General Victoria (Australia, 2004) identified four
major dimensions of absenteeism: truancy, school refusal, school withdrawal,
and early leaving. It is important to identify the different dimensions of
absenteeism in tackling the problem because they may require different
interventions. Truancy: The Auditor General Victoria (Australia, 2004)
describes truancy as: the persistent, habitual and unexplained absence from
school of a child of compulsory school age, although it can occur with parental
knowledge and sometimes consent. However for the most part truant students tend
to spend their time away from Loraine D. Cook & Austin Ezenne 34 school and
home; time away from home is used to conceal absences from their parents ….
Truancy can take the form of fractional truancy, where students arrive late,
leave early or skip individual classes (p. 16). According to Cunningham (2005),
truancy is the absence of a student from school without the knowledge or
permission of parents. The truant leaves home under the pretense of going to
school but turns away and become involved in out-of-school activities. Truancy
is unauthorized non-attendance. Bond (2004) included fractional truancy, which
occurs when students arrive late or leave early, or spend entire days away from
school. School refusal: School refusal differs from truancy in that children
refuse to attend school even in the face of persuasion and punitive measures
from parents and school. These students stay at home with the knowledge of
their parents and school administrators (McShane, Walter, & Rey, 2001).
This form of absenteeism is widely associated with social and medical disorder
involving persistent non-attendance at school, excessive anxiety, and physical
complaints (Australia, 2004; Bond, 2004). This type of absenteeism can be
separated from the other types, given its psychological and/or medical
composition.   Several studies show that
school refusal is an important dimension in understanding students’ absenteeism
(Dube, 2009; Kearney, 2007; McShane, Walter, & Rey, 2001). For
example, Dube and Orpinasnoted three reasons for students’ refusal to attend
school: 17.2% of their participants refused to go to school to avoid fear- or
anxiety-producing situations, to escape from adverse social or evaluative
situations, or to gain positive tangible rewards; 60.6% missed school to gain
parental attention or receive tangible rewards (positive reinforcement); and
22.2% had no specific reason for not attending school. School withdrawal:
Children are absent from school because their parents keep them away from
school on a frequent basis because of the parents’ needs and priorities. For
the most part, these children’s parents do not enrol them at school (Australia,
2004). This, Cunningham (2005) referred to as ?parental agreed absence? (p.
29). Bond (2004) noted that this does necessarily equate to approved absence.
According to Bond, ?absence can only be approved by the school given a
reasonable excuse? (p. 8).  Early
leaving: This refers to children under 15 who drop out of school before
completing their schooling.” (Loraine D. Cook and Austin Ezenne)

 

            “A number of studies have attempted
to identify the various characteristics of

chronically
absent and truant students (FDOE, 2004a, 2005b ). Some studies have shown

that truant and
chronically absent students can be identified by physical factors such as

grade level,
racial/ethnic group, socioeconomic status, and enrollment in the exceptional

education
program (FDOE, 2004a). Other studies have indicated that the type of

disciplinary
action used as a deterrent might have a negative effect on the level of chronic

absenteeism and
truancy (FDOE, 2005b). Depending on the research, each ofthese

factors is
considered a prime indicator of chronic absenteeism or truancy. With the

various
conflicting studies, it is difficult to determine which physical and
disciplinary

factors have
the highest association with public school absenteeism.

            Chronic absenteeism and truancy can
be symptoms of a greater problem (FDOE,

2004a; Hoffman,
et al., 2003; Ruebel, Ruebel, &O’Laughlin, 2001). This problem may

be a result of
various factors associated with the students. However, before we can find

out why the
students are chronically absent, there is a need to identify the students who

are most likely
to become persistently absent. Once those students are identified, we can

identify the
common factors that would define students who are most likely to become

chronically
absent. Once the common factors have been identified we can focus our

efforts on that
population of students and their unique circumstances to better address

those students’
chronic absenteeism or truant behavior.” (Antworth,2008)

 

Many studies
had been conducted about factors affecting student’s absenteeism and each
studies’ results varies. But in here, let’s just focus on the three main
points:

      First
is the Physical and Healtrh Factors. Often times, students who are frequently
ill are the one who are prone to absenteeism. Students would just stay at home
because they cannot handle the pain when in school. Toothache, stomach ache, headache,diarrhea, Fever/flu is the most common reason of students for being
absent.This is according to -The Problem of Student Absenteeism by
lorenmorcia

In  addition according to Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, “Health Affects Attendance Children are
chronically absent from school for a wide variety of issues directly related to
their physical, mental, and social health. Physical Health. Asthma is one of
the most common causes of school absences, together with significant health
concerns such as poor dental health, vision impairment, diabetes, and obesity.
Research suggests that U.S. schoolchildren with this treatable and remediable
condition miss a combined 14 million days of school each year. The same
research suggests that dental pain, often due to untreated decay, accounts for
almost two million missed days of school annually. Mental Health. Fear,
depression, social anxiety, and other mental health issues can make it
difficult for children to feel comfortable going to school. When children are
exposed to significant stress, violence, or trauma in their homes or
communities, it can also trigger mental health issues that cause them to be chronically
absent from school. Safety  Issues.
Students who fear or experience violence or bullying are at risk for being
chronically absent from school. This is especially true among racial and ethnic
minority students. A 2015 report suggests that nearly 35 percent of black
students and more than 28 percent of Hispanic students were involved in a
physical fight the previous year, compared with about 20 percent of white
students. The same report indicates 20 percent of high school students said
they had been bullied in the past year. Social Factors. Food insecurity or
hunger, unstable housing arrangements, unreliable transportation, job loss
within the family, and lack of health insurance also contribute to chronic
absenteeism. In spite of substantial progress in the area of health insurance
coverage for children, more than 15 percent of all U.S. children under age 17
remain uninsured, and thus have more limited ability to access health care and
treatment.”

 

 

 

Second, we have
Teacher-School Related Factors. Negative perceptions of the professor and the
course,while the reason that they can’t understand
their lessons follow close behind, low Attendance Incentives

 

            And lastly, we have Personal and
Financial Problems.

That the student doesn’t wake
up early enough is the most common reason why he/she is absent. Peer Influence/Camaraderie, another reason commonly cited is that they can’t concentrate on
their studies and that they were not able to study their lessons, feeling lazy
and playing computer games also keep them away from school, unusual pursuit of
leisure,Students who say
their parents asked them to be absent, household chores come second ,not having
sufficient money to spend for snacks and other small expenses in school, no
breakfast/food, and that their parents quarrelled, peer Influence/Camaraderie, mode of transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 1

Conceptual Paradigm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

Clores, M.
(2009)  A qualitative Research Study on School Absenteeism Among College
Students

Antworth, R.H.
(2008) Factors Associated With Public
School Chronic Absenteeism

LorenmorciaThe Problem of Student
Absenteeism

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