The idea that parental involvement has positive influence on students' academic achievement is so intuitively appealing that society in general, and educators in particular, have considered parental involvement an important ingredient for the remedy for many problems in education.
Parental involvement is absolutely essential to student achievement in school and in life. The overwhelming studies and research indicate that there are positive academic outcomes stemming from parental involvement with benefits beginning in early childhood throughout adolescence and beyond (Henderson & Mapp, 2002; Patrikakou, Weisberg, Redding, & Walberg, 2005). It is a valuable component of any student’s education. It is a well-established fact that parental involvement is linked to children’s success at school. When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school (Henderson and Berla, 1994).
But what happens at Pedro V. Panaligan Memorial NHS is the other way around. Based on the assessment of the teachers, most students in this school especially those in the lower sections are not guided properly by their parents when it comes to their academic performance. This results to low academic performance of the students. There came a time that the school had been labeled as one of the low performing schools in the Division of Calapan City during the National Achievement Test (NAT) in SY 2005-2006. Most students could not attend the review classes because of the lack of financial and moral support from the parents.
Nevertheless, teachers tend to promote those failing students to the next year level because of the following reasons: 1. They no longer want these students to be their students again. 2. In public schools, mass promotion is given emphasis. 3. These students and the parents might hold grudge on them for failing them. 4. They pity those students who might not be promoted to next year level.
A. Time Context
The problem has been existing ever since the school opened.
B. Case Viewpoint
The problem really lies on the involvement of parents in the academic performance of their children. They lack moral and financial support for their children. They can no longer make follow-up on their homework and other school-related activities.
The following are major problems of teachers regarding parents’ involvement in the academic performance of the students: a) Some parents neglect their responsibilities when it comes to school-related activities of their children. The study habit at home is largely taken for granted. Parents believe that this is already the sole responsibilities of the teachers in school. b) Some parents do not have enough knowledge on proper parental guidance with regards to the problems of their children. After class hours most children are obliged to do their household activities. c) Some parents obliged their children to earn money especially during planting and harvesting seasons. Absenteeism is a natural habit of students during this time of the year. d) Most parents are not able to attend school meetings so they do not have the chance to talk with the teachers regarding the academic performance of their children.
C. Statement of the Problem
How will the school administration and faculty make parents get involved in the academic undertakings of their children?
D. Statement of the Objectives
This study aims to:
1) make parents become involved in uplifting the academic performance of their children. 2) develop a harmonious relationship between...