Saturday, 30 March 2013

Parental Participation in their Children's Education

The teacher’s work generally requires a lot of dedication, consistency and time; therefore he has to work with the school administration, his colleagues, parents and the community because education is a collaborative venture. Although teachers labor to ensure that every child is groomed to be a positive influence in the society, parents’ involvement in their children’s education is pivotal in the children’s academic success.

However parents make their choices based on different ideas about their roles in their children’s education and their decisions to be involved are based on several factors. Some of these factors include parents’ orientation, personal experiences and exposure. Yet there is a need for parents to play an active role in their children’s education, so all efforts should be made to encourage and educate them so that they will see the need for their support and how they can be participants.

Schools and families should work together as a team. The teacher has a committed responsibility to ensure the total development of every child and so do parents who were the first contacts with the children. They know their children’s mental, behavioral and psychosocial make-ups, so they should participate in their children’s education.