PERCEIVED PREDISPOSING FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR DROPOUT SYNDROME AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN POTISKUM, YOBE STATE
Dr. Usman Mohammed Dakasku; Dr. Muraina Kamilu Olanrewaju & Saleh Musa
This study examines perceived predisposing factors responsible for dropout syndrome among secondary school students in Potiskum, Yobe State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey was used in the study. The population of the study consists of 192 participants which comprises of all principals and teachers purposively selected for the study. The research instrument used in this study was self-developed questionnaire title “Factors Responsible for Students Dropout Syndrome Questionnaire (FRSDS-Q)”. The instrument was pilot tested and the reliability was determined using the Cronbach’s Alpha statistical method with reliability of 0.76 Coefficient. Three research objectives research hypotheses were formulated and tested using PPMC statistics at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study showed that there is significant relationship between family background and students dropout syndrome (r=.850; p=.000; p˂.05); academic performance and students dropout syndrome (r=.779; p=.000; p˂.05) and also early marriage and students dropout syndrome (r=.670; p=.000; p˂.05). The study recommended that schools should intensify their efforts to provide guidance and counselling services to the students and also a token scholarship should be made available to the students from low socio-economic status.