Students are more active socially, interacting with friends, playingcomputer games, watching television and attending parties, ascompared to their activeness at school. With too many activities todo outside school, many students are beginning to view school asboring, which encourages them to skip classes. Skipping class to meetfriends, attend a party or watch a movie may feel good at the moment.This is because the consequences rarely have an immediate effect onthe student. Students at college and university level do not have toworry about the principal reporting their absenteeism to theirparents. Neither do they have to worry about the principal assigningschool on Saturday (Miller 1). However, students need to be awarethat by skipping classes, they waste money spent on education,contribute to lowering their academic performance, reduce theirchances of graduating and increase the chances of engaging in illegalactivities.
Students that skip classes, intentionally waste money spent ontuition fees. Many parents work hard to ensure that they pay fortheir children’s education oblivious that their children missclasses. Most students are not financially independent. Hence, theyhave to depend on their parents to pay their school fees. Byintentionally skipping class, the student may not feel the effect ofmoney wasted. Instead, it is the parents that feel the impact.Education is expensive especially at college and university level.The mean cost of college fee is 2195 dollars for every quarter(Miller 1). Each quarter takes ten weeks and a student spends fifteenhours per week in class. Hence, every class is 14.63 dollars forevery hour of class. The amount may not seem much. However, assumingthat a student skips class once a week within the quarter, in tenweeks the loss amounts to 140 dollars. In addition, every singleclass must be paid for, and once a student skips class intentionallythe money cannot be refunded. The same applies to students that paytheir school fees. When they miss lectures they have paid for, theyend up wasting their money.
Deliberately skipping classes enhances the possibility of pooracademic performance. When a student misses a class, they miss theopportunity to acquire more knowledge. Some students may argue thatthey will gain the knowledge through alternative manners, likestudying without the instructor’s assistance. However, consideringthat one is missing out on class, the chances of putting extra effortto replace lost knowledge are minimal (Miller 1). As a result, suchstudents lag behind in class. For instance, assuming that a lecturerintroduces a topic during a skipped class, when the student attendsclass during the subsequent lecture, it is highly unlikely they willunderstand. Because the student lacks knowledge on the introduction,it will be difficult to grasp other related issues to the topic.Also, students are encouraged to employ different learning styles toimprove their performance. These are listening to lectures andpersonal study. Lectures are important because they enhanceunderstanding once the teacher breaks down topics. By skipping classstudents reduce their chance of understanding what is taught, whichin turn leads to poor grades.
There is a high possibility for students who skip classes to missout on graduation. As discussed in the second point, when studentsmiss class, their performance drops, they get low grades thus,cannot graduate. By missing classes, students may as well miss to sitfor important assessment tests that contribute to their finalacademic grades. According to Webley (2012), students that skipclasses for more than ten days have a 20% chance of not graduatingfrom high school. The students are also less likely to enroll incollege. Likewise, students in college may miss out on opportunitiesto advance their education by failing to graduate. For instance, astudent doing a diploma may need the certificate to do a degree.Once, they miss out on the chance to get their diploma, they alsoreduce their chances of getting a degree in prospect. Thus, studentsthat fail to graduate due to purposely skipping classes end up withnothing to show for all the money and time spend in school.
By skipping classes, students have a lot of free time and may end upengaging in illegal activities. It is normal for students to feelthat classes are boring and consider skipping one, two or morelectures. It is mostly the scenario for students in college. Afterenrolling in college, students have freedom and their parents nolonger control what they do. Instructors are also less involved incollege student’s life as compared to high school. Students end upspending most of their time enjoying their freedom and exploring byengaging in different activities. It is greatly improbable for alearner to skip class to remain at home. The time is spent outdoorswith friends, resulting in peer influence. Some illegal activitiesthat idle students may opt to explore include shoplifting, abusingdrugs, dangerous sexual conduct and gambling among others.
Miller, Seth. The Biggest Addiction in College: Skipping Class. EWUAdmissions, 2011.
Webley, Kayla. Students who Skip School don’t get the Consequences,Study Says. Time, 2012.