Secondary School Male Dropouts in Ohaozara Local Government Area: Causes, Implications For Students And Intervening Measures For Educational Administrators

Dr. (Mrs.) Uzoma Ogudu Aja-Okorie


This study focused on the causes of secondary school male dropouts among students in Ohaozara L.A.G. of Ebonyi, implications for students and intervening measures by educational administrators. The work was guided by three research questions. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population constituted of 1177 students and 250 teachers in the public secondary schools of area of the study. The sample constituted of 200 students (150 females and 50 males) and 13 principals.  There were two set of structured questionnaire self developed and adopted for the study; one for the students and the other for the principals. The statistical tools used to analyze the data were mean and standard deviation. The results of the study revealed among other things that  the major factors influencing school dropout among male secondary school students in Ohaozara L.G.A. include students’ disillusionment about schooling; society’s recognition and placement of value for rich persons, no matter how they made their riches; the difficult nature of some school subjects; and the boring nature of poor teaching strategies and students’ inability to cope with the academic rigors which lead to poor result. The results also showed that the long term implications of school dropout among male secondary school students in Ohaozara L.G.A include inability to secure good jobs in future, being predisposed to a possible future life of envy and hatred, among others. The result equally showed that there is need for embarking on sensitization programmes through the collaborative effort of schools and parents to educate the male students on the importance and benefits of completing schooling. Based on this result ,the study recommended among other things that the principals should improve the social conditions in their schools to give students the motivation to stay in school, gain knowledge and skills through work hard, That the communities and the entire local government should declare an educational drive for male students through free or subsidized educational costs for male students in secondary schools as this would enable students from poor socio-economic backgrounds to complete their secondary school programmes.

Key words: Gender, Male dropout in school, Intervention strategies, Staff personnel, Secondary school administration, and Secondary schools

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