THE EDITOR, Sir:
I have come to the realisation that a large number of our parents are all too happy to see the backs of their children as they leave their homes daily. Just this past week, one parent came to the school where I work to deliver something to her child, and all she knew was that the child was in first form.
This parent is not unique; there are many like her who ensure that the child gets the latest version of the PSP and the most expensive BlackBerry. These parents are not even sure if their charges are attending classes, or even school, because the reports are not picked up.
Some of these students are the ones without their geometry sets or their literature books because they tell you they cannot afford it. Many parents do not check their children's books at all.
I want to encourage parents to be more involved in their children's education. Do not just provide them with the bus fare and lunch money. Check their books daily. Find out if they have homework or school-based assessments. Get to know their teachers. Find out their form teacher's phone numbers and stay in touch.
Schools are having problems because of a lack of parental involvement. Studies have shown that when parents are more involved in the education of their children, they perform better academically and are less likely to get in trouble. Show you care, parents; call your child's teachers.
Cross Roads, Chapelton