International Journal of Innovative Research and Knowledge

Volume-7 Issue-12, December 2022

Title: Analysis of the Factors Affecting Absenteeism and Tardiness among Elementary Learners in Coastal Communities

Author: Ana Maria Gonzales-Felizardo


Absenteeism and tardiness greatly affect the student’s academic performance. These are among the major requirements in evaluating the scholastic achievement of learners, hence every educational institution worldwide is really concerned with monitoring the said matters. Various studies were made to find out the reasons for acquiring a great number of nonappearances and lateness in classes. However, reasons for absenteeism and tardiness by pupils who live in coastal areas are far more complicated in nature. This study focused on exploring the reasons for chronic absenteeism and tardiness of the pupils in a public elementary school in one of the coastal towns in the Philippines. The said public elementary school is located in the barrio proper, however, some of the pupils were residing in the different islets or sitios within the coastal areas of the town. There are about 150 pupils coming from coastal sitios and they are from different grade levels. Unfortunately, only a few could attend classes regularly, thus being absent or late seem to be a normal case. This research is a “descriptive development Study” that explains situations and other phenomena over the periods covering the study. It uses Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and interviews, questionnaires, and documents for data gathering with probability stratified sampling procedure. Participants were pupils (ᴍ=130), parents (ᴍ=130), locals, and coastal leaders (ᴍ=10), with the principal and teachers (ᴍ=8) of the school involved. The results of the needs analyses yielded key problems encountered by the residents which were related to transportation, education, health, lighting system, and emergency case.  During interviews, the participants perceived pupils’ absenteeism as a leading education-related problem that could be attributed to their families’ inability to sustain transportation expenses and due to various environmental, socio-economic, and personal factors.  

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ISSN: 2213-1356

Publisher: Scholar Touch Publishers

Area/Scope: Business, Economics & Management; Social Science, Literature, Arts & Humanities; Engineering & Technology; Life Science & Physical Science, Health & Medical Science

Frequency: Monthly

Format: Online & Print

Language: English

Review Process: Double Blinded

Access: Open Access