Students’ Socio-Economic Factors Influencing Learners’ Absenteeism in Primary Schools of Oldonyiro Division, Isiolo County

  • Samson M. Lematango Kenya Methodist University
  • Nephat J. Kathuri Kenya Methodist University


Education is viewed as a prime mover of the financial improvement of nations and societies to the extent of 20% of the Domestic Gross Product. This is particularly so, when the learners consistently attend classes, as well as, families give them the necessary push. However, learners’ absenteeism adversely influences their scholarly accomplishments. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of students’ socio-economic factors on learners’ absenteeism in primary schools of Oldonyiro Division, Isiolo County. The study utilized descriptive survey research design. Questionnaires were used to draw information from teachers. The findings revealed that poor performance in school and indiscipline cases among the learners were the main causes of absenteeism and therefore, raise a serious alarm on absenteeism in the division. The study concluded that students’ factors have a great influence on pupils’ absenteeism. The study recommended that the pupils should be encouraged to avoid absenteeism by creating awareness on importance of education, using role models from the society to enlighten the rest and finding or solving school challenges. This can be done through motivational talks organized by the school leadership in consultation with the parents and other stakeholders. In addition, pupils should be made aware of the need to be in school and the benefits and other skills they will acquire from learning. On the other hand, educational trips and bench marking can assist in motivating the pupils to make education be part of them and hence, treasure it.

Keywords: Students, Socio-Economic Factors, Absenteeism, Primary Schools

Author Biographies

Samson M. Lematango, Kenya Methodist University

School of Education and Social Sciences, Kenya Methodist University

Nephat J. Kathuri, Kenya Methodist University

School of Education and Social Sciences, Kenya Methodist University


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How to Cite
Lematango, S. M., & Kathuri, N. J. (2021). Students’ Socio-Economic Factors Influencing Learners’ Absenteeism in Primary Schools of Oldonyiro Division, Isiolo County. Journal of Education, 4(1), 84-93. Retrieved from