Truancy and Academic Performance of Learners in Selected Schools in North Eastern Province Ijara Division Ijara District.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
After realizing that truancy was very common in the researcher made an effort to undertake a study on how truancy affected academic performance of the learners. The researcher also wanted to identify other effects, causes underlying the behavior and above all the intervention measures to be taken to curb truancy. To achieve the above objective, the researcher prepared his data collection tools in form of questionnaires and circulated them to his respondents. The data collected was finally processed and analyzed quantitatively using tables and figures that are in frequencies and percentages. From the findings, it was evident that truancy and absenteeism in general affect academic performance of the practicing learner. The behavior also leads to school dropout, drug and other substance taking, discordant behavior, youth pregnancies and child labour. Poverty was identified as one of the major causes of truancy In conclusion, the findings also indicated that if nothing is done to reverse the trend of truancy, it will lead to more serious problems.
A research project submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning (IODL) in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Bachelor (ECPE) of Education of Kampala International University.
Truancy, Academic Performance, Learners, Selected Schools, Ijara District