The Nature of Parental Involvement in the Schooling Process in Katsina State

Abstract:

Parental involvement in the schooling process of their children seems to be a neglected research area especially in primary schools of Katsina state in Nigeria. Parental involvement as envisaged by Donald, Lazarus and Lolwana (2006) for purposes of transformation cannot be overemphasized by both parents and teachers in schools. Therefore, parents have a great influence on the schooling process of their children. The purpose of this article is thus to explore the nature of parental involvement in the schooling process of their children. The research method used in this study is qualitative method. The method would facilitate detailed understanding of the nature of parental involvement in the schooling process of their children in primary schools of Katsina state in Nigeria. From this study, it is evident that there is a lack of parental involvement in the schooling process of School B SB. That is there is a low level of meaningful contact between the school and parents. Apathy exists on the side of parents, low expectations on the side of the head teacher and teachers, and an organizational structure facilitating parent-school interaction is lacking. This will thus contribute to a lack of successful academic achievement of children in the school. And for the School A the study indicated that parents were involved in the schooling process of their children which helps in bringing the successful academic achievement in the school.