INFLUENCE OF TRUANCY ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF PUPILS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN DELTA STATEAuthor: Oladejo, Ismail Abiodun, Numdi, I. Collins, Jibrin, Rosemary Anwuli Category: Volume 2 Number 1 Download
The purpose of this study was to find out the influence of truancy on the academic performance among pupils in primary schools in Delta state, Nigeria. To effectively carryout the study four (4) research questions were raised. The study was descriptive and a self-developed structured
questionnaire based on four point rating scale was used to seek the responses of the respondents. The target population for the study consisted of public primary schools in Delta state. The schools selected for the study were sampled using random sampling techniques. Thirty (30) primary schools out of the public and private primaryschoolsinthethree(3)sectorialdistrictof Deltastateweresampledtogiveafairrepresentationofthe schools DeltaState. A34-itemresearchmadequestionnairewasusedfordatacollection.Thesamplesizefor thestudywas2545respondents. Thequestionnairewasusedtocollectdatafromtherespondentsandthedata were analysed researcher using mean and standard deviation. The data obtained was analyzed with the Z-test statistics. The results indicated that there is no significant difference between male and female pupils and influence of school related and family in academic performance of primary school pupils but there is significant difference in truancy and academic performance of primary school pupils in Delta State. The study concluded that there are factors responsible for pupil’s truancy in primary school and truancy has negative effect on academic performance. The study recommends that there should be enlightenment campaigns by government agencies, and non-government organizations for parents and children on the dangers inherent in truancy and Teachers should invite parents of the truants for conference with a view to reducing the incidence of truancy in school.
Keywords: Truancy, Performance, Academic, Schools, Pupils