Parents’ Occupation and Truancy among Public Day Senior Secondary School Students in Niger State, Nigeria: Implications for Counselling
The study determined relationship between parents’ occupations and truancy among public day senior secondary school students in Niger State, Nigeria. A Correlational design was used to investigate significant relationship between parents’ occupations and truancy as well as gender difference in truancy of senior secondary of school students. The target population for the study comprised of all the 13,845 truant students in senior secondary school in first year (SS1) and their parents in Niger State. A sample of four hundred (400) SSI truant students and their parents selected using stratified random and purposive sampling techniques from 132 public day senior secondary schools in 8 education zones of the state participated in the study. Parents’ Questionnaire and Proforma on Truancy (PT) were used for data collection. The instrument has a reliability coefficient of .76 obtained using split-half test method. The instruments were administered to the participants by the help of the principals and selves. Chi-square was used to analyse significant relationship while t-test of independent samples was used to analyse significant differences at P
.05 significant levels. The results revealed that there was significant relationship between parents’ occupation and truancy among public day senior secondary school students in Niger State. It further revealed that there was significant difference between the truancy of boys and girls in public day senior secondary schools in Niger State in favour of girls. It was concluded that parents’ occupations significantly contribute to the variance of students’ truancy and that gender has effects on the variance of students’ truancy among public day senior secondary school students in Niger State. It was recommended that Counsellors and para counsellors in public senior secondary schools in Niger State should explore the use of different counselling therapies in curbing truancy among the students.
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