PARENTS INVOLVEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL QUALITY
The quest to improve the society makes education a collective responsibility for all stakeholders in the society as the quality of education determines quality and standard of citizens. Children are social capital to our society yet the standard of education is questionable alacrity despite the efforts of parents, teachers, governments, and other bodies who have stakes in education. This prompts the researcher to inquire the roles of parent’s involvement and community participation in improving educational quality. The study adopts examination of empirical studies to discuss community participation as overall and dimension-wise on school efficacy. Emphases are laid on the issue of quality in education; obligations of the school to the local community; the importance of establishing effective links between the parent, community and school, and the benefits to schools of involving the local communities in school affairs. The roles of some local communities in Nigeria towards enhancing the quality of school education as well as challenges of teachers and educational administrators of involving community members in school affairs with implications of such involvement for educational planning are also considered. Through this study, it is explicit that parents can actively participate in their children’s learning in schools through visitation to monitor hygiene; teaching/learning in the classroom; discuss pupils’ performance with teachers and provide support to their children’s quality learning. Child education is a major obligation which lies on the shoulder of every member of the society. It is also vivid that community participation improving school complexities; resources mobilization; organizing social-cultural activities; management of school and overall academic environment of the school. The study recommends that in order to prevent any possible misplacement of emphasis by either the community members or school staff, planning and policy formulation for educational provision should be cooperative effort involving child– teacher, parents, employers of labor, workers, religious groups and other stakeholders in education. Also it recommends that partnership and interaction between community, parents and government in education must be built to provide initiative, responsibility, and sensitivity for participation in education.
|Keywords: participation, community, school effectiveness, resource mobilization, educational quality|
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