When the study had been conducted, the researcher found out that five of
the students  of the section were
chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism means that they were missing 10% or
more of the school days in school.

The reasons for being absent were varied. The mos tgiven excuse was
sickness, either that of the child or the parent/guardian who was supposed to
bring him to school. The second reason was due to financial issues. Other
reasons were transportation concerns, childcare issues, the child’s
attitude/feeling about coming to school, etc.

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During the study, when the researcher started giving out rewards in the
form of “Perfect Attendance” certificates to the students who have no record of
absence or tardiness in a month, there had been a significant improvement in
the overall attendance of the whole class for that sections. Five of the
students who were chronically absent/late before or those who usually had an
average of 1-2 days absence/tardiness every week or two, have significantly
reduced their absenteeism and tardiness into an average of just once or maximum
twice a month, and those said absences/tardiness had noted valid excuses. The
rest of the class either maintained their perfect attendance record or at best,
had made the effort to have perfect attendance and did their best not to come
late in class. It has also been reported that the parents of the students who
have had received the said certificates were equally excited and encouraged.  Finding out the real reason behind the absence
or tardiness of a child in school and then communicating with the child’s
parent/guardian also helped a lot in improving the child’s overall attendance
as well as performance in class. This approach enabled us to do interventions
that were most appropriate for that individual student at that particular time
and situation because we had involved the child’s main support system. It has
also been observed that those students who have better school attendance are
the ones who are also performing better academically in school.