PARENTS’ OCCUPATION, FAMILY SIZE AND HOME LOCATION AS PREDICTORS OF STUDENTS’ TRUANCY IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA

Research Overview

The problem of truancy in schools has persisted over the years. These acts have either been carried out individually by the students or as a group which has resulted into disruption of school activities. There is no doubt that students’ truancy generally militates against effective teaching and learning and production of useful acceptable members of the society. This study seeks to examine the place of parental occupation, family size and home location as factors that predict students’ truancy in secondary schools.

 Purpose of the study

The general purpose of this study is to investigate parents’ occupation, family size and home location as predictors of students’ truancy in secondary schools in Nigeria. The specific objectives are to:

i.  Find out the extent to which parent socio-economic background predict truancy among students.

ii. Examine whether large family size serve as producing agents of truancy

iii. Investigate the relationship between location of the home and truancy among students

iv. Discuss the extent to which peer-group influence has contributed to truancy among secondary school students?

v. Identify and discuss preventive measures to curb truancy among students in Nigeria.

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