Effects of Insecurity on Primary School Attendance in Damaturu Metropolis Yobe State, Nigeria
Umaru Abdullahi and Terhemba, G. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study examines the effects of insecurity on primary school attendance in Damaturu, Yobe State, Nigeria. The study is a survey. Three questions were addressed: what is the level of school attendance under the crisis situation in Damaturu metropolis? Are parents and teachers willing to send back their children to the affected schools? Does insecurity have significant effects on attendance of school children? Effect of Insecurity on School Attendance Questionnaire (EISAQ) was developed for the study. The alpha reliability of the questionnaire was .965. A multistage sampling technique was used to select 225 parents and teachers in 10 Primary Schools in Damaturu, Yobe State that were affected in the activities of Boko Haram in the metropolis were administered with copies of the questionnaire. The responses to the questionnaire were summarized using percentages. T-test was computed to test for differences in responses on the effect of insecurity on school attendance. The level of primary school attendance under the crisis situation in Damaturu metropolis was found to be low but that of male pupils were found to be lower than that of female pupils. Parents and teachers were willing to send their children back to the affected primary schools. Male and female significantly differ on the effects of insecurity on primary school attendance. It is incumbent on the government to provide adequate and effective security personnel to all the institutions of learning in Damaturu Metropolis, Yobe State, Nigeria to stop the burning of schools and constant shooting around educational institutions.