On Student Performance: Why Every Parent Needs to Be Involved

Rahama Obadak
Marketing & Comms, Flexisaf

A few weeks back, I wrote a post on why every school looking to improve student performance and school quality needs to motivate its management team. Similarly, this post expands on how essential parental involvement is to student performance.In fact, research has shown that students do much better in school when their parents are actively involved in their education. And the effort put forth by parents (reading stories aloud, meeting with teachers) has a bigger impact on their children’s educational achievement than the effort expended by either teachers or the students themselves. With such a strong conclusion, it's safe to say the parent can “make or break” their child’s grades and behaviour.

The "Nigerian Parent Approach" to Student Performance

I consider Nigerian parents to be some of the world’s leading advocates of education. They want their child to succeed, from the first day at Nursery to the last day of that child’s educational journey, a Nigerian parent will be there every step of the way. They bring up their child with the belief that having a solid educational foundation guarantees getting a decent paying job. That’s why the Nigerian parent will work extra hard to cheer on their child and make sure such beliefs are actualized.However, the current unemployment rate would suggest otherwise. Not too long ago, the Head, National Office (HNO) WAEC, expressed his displeasure by stating that Nigerian parents lack interest when it comes to the academic welfare of their children and wards. This indifference contributes to poor results. So parents need to start showing concern, spend more time monitoring their child and regularly encouraging them to strive harder. Period.

Parental Involvement: Does it Work?

Yes.Most teachers, and policy-makers agree that parental involvement is an essential ingredient to children’s learning.While there is no doubt that the school is just as important, a clutch of recent studies reminds us that children of involved parents have a much greater chance to develop into healthy, knowledgeable and responsible adults.From the title, Why Parenting Is More Important Than Schools, this TIME article strongly suggests that parents need to play a much more active role if they want to get their child ahead academically. Involvement allows parents to coordinate their efforts with teachers to discuss information regarding classroom success, identify subject areas the student is falling behind on, encourage acceptable classroom behaviour and ensure that the child completes schoolwork.Things like participating in school meetings and events and regularly checking homework also matter just as well. Let’s not forget reading and communicating with one's child, as well as holding parental expectations, thereby encouraging the child to attain them--every single one of these points has an immense influence on the child’s academic performance.If you are one of such parents, then keep up the great work (and enjoy reading the rest of this post. You may pick up on one or two things that will help you even more to improve).Now for the other parents out there, that probably have busy work (or social) schedules and can’t seem to find the time to actually catch up and stay updated on their child’s academic work, you need to get with the programme-Technology as a matter of fact, can help those parents stay updated on their child's academic progress by tracking performance and viewing session calendar-anywhere, any time. Having that conveniently makes most parents feel less guilty about not being present and knowing what the child is up to at school.If it is not clear enough from reading this post, parents matter A LOT and their impact on student performance is a subject matter that many researchers still find it intriguing.How to Improve Parent-Teacher Communication in Your School