IS YOUR CHILD A TRUANT?

Posted: December 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

This is a deliberate staying away from school without permission and is also called “skiving” or “bunking off.” It has become an educational, social and law enforcement problem; is a symptom of one or more factors in a child’s life which prevent regular school attendance and has greatly contributed to the recent upsurge in crime committed by the under-21 youth in Kenya. Here is your checklist (though not conclusive) of possible causes and contributing factors which you should address as a responsible parent:

IN THE CHILD
 Low self-esteem and poor self-concept.
 Lack of positive peer relationship at school and in the estate.
 Childhood depression leading to mental and / or emotional instability.
 Teenage pregnancy.
 Drug and substance abuse.
 Unidentified learning disabilities.
 Experience of a recent traumatic event e.g violence at home, death or divorce.
 Little or no extra-curricular involvement.

ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS WITHIN YOUR FAMILY
 Do you value and appreciate education?
 In the event that you are a school drop-out, would you like your child to be like you?
 Are you having financial difficulties which make it hard for you to place food on the table or pay fees?
 Is your family stable even if you are a single parent.
 Are you an appropriate role model to your child and is your relationship positive?
 Do you physically, emotionally or sexually abuse your child?
 Do you abuse drugs, alcohol and other substances?
 Do you conveniently force your child not to go to school so as to baby-sit for younger siblings or to do house chores?

IN THE COMMUNITY
 Lack of support for educational matters.
 Community upheaval and social change like the post-election violence.
 Negative peer influences.
 High incidence of substance abuse and criminal activities.
 Gang activity.
 Unresponsive community service agencies.
IN SCHOOL
 Failure to identify and provide services for problem students.
 Too weak or too rigid administration of policies.
 Improper class placement above or below abilities.
 Insufficient guidance and counseling staff.
 Poor pupil-teacher relationship -including sexual harassment
 Lack of parent-school communication and involvement.
Since the causes of truancy encompass a wide range of possibilities resulting from problems in the family, the school and in the community; the participation of these three groups is required if any reduction in truancy levels are to be achieved. Remember that truancy increases significantly as children grow older and peeks in the mid-to-late teens. The main difference between truancy and school fear is that the latter is an emotionally based difficulty in attending school while the former is a deliberate act.
“TRAIN A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT TURN FROM IT”
(PROVERBS 22:6)

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Comments
  1. Janet W K says:

    Am delighted to see that you dont want others to go the road you went to the neti. Thanks for the awareness.

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