In recent times, findings have shown that children attain more success when they are guided by both their parents and educators. Most parents seem to understand that quality education determines the total well-being of a child, hence the constant zeal towards ensuring that the child/ward attends the best schools they can afford. But quality education should be determined by both moral character and academic success. Research has shown that the participation of parents in the education of the child has a positive impact on many indicators of the educational achievement of the child. Added to the educational achievement, are also skills and behavioral competencies that the child develops to attain success in life.
It is undeniably important to have parents who understand their parenting roles. Even more pertinent, is their ability to raise children by exemplary living; and not just based on instructions. Ultimately, the most important quality that parents can adopt today is the ability to ensure that children feel confident enough to discuss their ideas, worries and challenges with them.
Unfortunately, the school system – comprising of educators, counselors, and school administrators; is being saddled with the responsibility of raising morally upright and educated children. Yes, the parent-child relationship does not reduce the child’s need to acquire formal and informal education; to secure their future. But the reality is that most children tend to gain academic excellence, while being morally deficient. This lack of attention to moral character building eventually has an adverse effect on academic performance.
Studies have proven that the decline in academic performance of West African students could be due to:
Lack of proper parental guidance: This happens when a child perceives that his/her parents lack interest in their academics. This is as a result of parents usually being concerned about the responsibilities in various areas of their lives, so much that they may not be mindful of the child’s academics. Modern parents also need to recognize that giving adequate attention to their child’s academics is an easy avenue to bond with the child, while boosting his/her confidence.
Emotional/psychological stress: which children encounter in their domestic environment. This affects their academic concentration and gradually reduces their cognitive ability. For this reason, is necessary for parents to protect their children from the negative effects of their personal issues.
Lack of collaborative effort – between parents and educators. Many-a-times, what a child learns in school, is not applied at home. Hence, parents need to create a domestic environment that curbs the unlearning of such good habits, in children. Also, parents need to keep educators informed and updated about possible negative traits and behaviors that a child might have learnt outside the home.
At IWFI, we believe applying these measures increases the tendency for children to attain their desired grades in school, as they develop into better citizens. At the same time, parents can have some respite that every effort towards raising responsible citizens, is not in vain.
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