Patience Nwobodo (PhD), Lucky Onyeisi Ogben, Ebere Ann Onu, Joy Obianuju Ebegbulam


This study investigated The Perceived Influence of Lateness to School on the Academic Achievement of secondary School Students in Enugu South Local Government Area. Three (3) research questions guided the study. The study adopted the descriptive survey design. The respondents of this study were counsellors as they were in better position to give account and disclose the true situation of things about students’ lateness to school and its influence on their academic achievement. The population for the study comprised of forty-one (41) Secondary School counsellors drawn from seventeen secondary schools in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State. No sample technique was used as the population to the study is small and can be used for the study. The instrument used for data collection was a structured question titled Influence of Lateness to School, on Academic Achievement of Student Questionnaire (ILSAASQ). The instrument was dully validated by experts in the Department of Guidance and Counselling and Measurement and Evaluation. Data collected from the study were analysed using arithmetic mean ). The findings from the study showed that the causes of lateness to school among secondary school students in Enugu South Local government area are, distance of school from home, walking to school, parent’s early morning activities, going to bed late, traffic problems. The results also showed the influence of lateness to school on academic achievement of secondary school students in Enugu South Local government area, which are, making them miss out on early morning vital information, becoming school drop out if they don’t meet the required grade point, having poor academic certificate, failing in examination among other influences. It also indicated the strategies for curbing lateness to school among secondary school students in Enugu South Local government area which are, school head should introduce corporal punishment, students should attend schools close to them, school heads should supervise students both at home and in school, parents should reduce early morning chores, this would help to solve the menace of lateness in our secondary school students.


Perceived Influence, Lateness, Secondary School, Students, Academic Achievement.

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