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Parents must player greater role in kids' schooling

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Education is a major pathway to success. The two chief educators in the lives of children are parents and teachers, with parents being the prime educator.

The influence of parents with respect to their children's learning remains through school and beyond. The schools' and parents' role of imparting knowledge is a simultaneous process. Thus, parents and schools must play their part for the greater good of the children. All schools should their utmost best to get all parents involved, as they are an important stakeholders who cannot be divorced from the education system.

Being a teacher for at least 10 years, I have observed that when parents are engaged in every area of their children's lives, they perform better. According to Chavkin (1993) parents who are actively engaged in enhancing their children's development and educational progress have a better success rate than those who do not.

These activities may take the form of good parenting, regular visitation to school to keep abreast of the children's progress, involvement in the school's programmes, and developing a rapport with teachers and administration through the parent-teacher association.