FREELANCING AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN LAGOS STATE: RATE, CAUSATIVE FACTORS AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Keywords:freelancing, secondary school students, Lagos state, rate, causative factors, preventive measures
There cannot be holistic development if there is poor student engagement. This is because most students might drop out of school due to lack of interest; thereby, constituting nuisance in other sectors of the economy. It is disheartening that a lot of students still stay away from school or escape from school despite efforts being made at getting them educated especially at Primary and Secondary School levels. Freelancing is becoming a growing phenomenon among secondary school students in Lagos State. For this study, Freelancing is a purposive staying away or escaping from school by a student during school hours with the school uniform on in order to satisfy specific gratification which normal school activities do not meet The study adopted a mixed research design. A total of 770 students’ and 135 teachers’ questionnaires were distributed among the 11 selected senior secondary schools in the state. After administration, 736 students’ (431 male and 305 female) and 132 (71 male and 61) teachers’ questionnaires were found valid for the quantitative analysis in this study (see Figures 1 and 3). Table 1 shows the demographic characteristics of the 11 senior secondary schools selected from the six education districts in the Lagos State. The age range of the students was between 13 and 19 years (see Fig 2), with 108 from SS1, 369 from SS2 and 259 from SS3 (see Fig. 4). Also 366 of the students were in science class, 155 in commercial and 215 were Arts students (see table 2). The teachers’ years of experience ranges between 1 to over 25 years, their teaching subjects covers all areas in science, commercial and arts. All participants showed interest and willingness to be part of the research. It was discovered that factors such as Home, School, Student/peer group, Teachers, Examination board and Governments are key in aiding student freelance from schools. Recommendations were made based on the findings.