Classattendance has been a hotbed of debates in most institutions inseveral cases, most institutions attach grades to class attendancemaking it compulsory for the students to attend. Nevertheless, evenin institutions that do not stress on class attendance there arestructures in place that make the students attend classes. Thoughthere is little evidence touching on the relationship betweenperformance and class attendance, the issue has remained a necessity.
Severalstudies have tried to bring out the relationship between performanceand class attendance. One of the studies points at the actual timespent in class and class-related activities as the key determinant ofperformance though most have refuted this and proposed that exampreparation is the most important. Other studies have also basedtheir argument on the statistical importance of class attendance.They argue that, statistically, class attendance impacts on theperformance as compared to the period used during exam preparationthat has no statistical evidence.
Theissue prompted professionals to find out what really makes studentsfail to attend classes even though there are benefits of suchattendance. It was found out that the reasons for in attendancetouched on the study time, GPA, and parents’ income. Children thathad a high probability of missing classes were those from richfamilies and those with low GPA. The research found out that fewerhours during classes also reduced attendance. Basing on this, itwas, therefore, necessary to come up with attendance policies.Studies have shown that the laid down policies have greatly impactedon attendance.
Facultieshave also used attendance as a tool to evaluate the competency oftheir members. High attendance was used to mean favorable and goodclass control and management while the opposite could mean that thelecturer is incompetent.