Absenteeism and academic performance of learners affected by HIV/ AIDS in selected primary schools in Mulala zone Kibwezi district Kenya

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Kampala International University. College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The research looks at the effects of absenteeism on the academic performance of learners affected by HIV/ AIDS. The study was interested in to looking performance and ways of supporting these learners. The study was conducted due to the rising number of HIV/AIDS affected learners and their continued absence from school leading to poor academic performance. The study revolves around two hundred school going HIV/ AIDS affected learners in ten schools within the same academic zone and area. The subjects also include poor teachers from each of the schools totaling to forty the number of teachers, two parents form each school were chosen for an interview. The researcher used observation checklist was by the learner’s age, academic, gender and behavioral patterns were observed and recorded by each teacher respondent. The teacher respondents also filled in the questionnaires and carried out an interview on the learners through two parent respondents. The study found out that there was significance impact of absenteeism on academic performance of learners with the most absent learners gradually becoming poor performers in school. The study also found out that with support the learners can perform better academically since many are interested by family problems. It is therefore good for all stakeholders in education to come up and assist those learners who are HIV/ AIDS affected to curb absenteeism and improve their academic performance.
A research report submitted to the institute of open and distance learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of bachelor of education in special needs education of Kampala International University
Absenteeism, Academic Performance, HIV / AIDS, Primary Schools