According to a research study by Ronald Ferguson, “Nearly half of a child’s achievement in school can be accounted for by factors outside the school, including parent support.”
Consequently, the most important support any child can receive comes from the parents. This support ranges from being responsible for making sure that the child arrives at school well- rested, well- fed and ready to learn, to set high expectations for their child.
Parents play a major role in having control over their child’s attendance and this includes arriving on time to school and not taking students out in the middle of the school day. Parents need to display a positive attitude towards school in general. If parents have a positive attitude, the child will also have the positive attitude towards school. Parents must be careful in how they address school concerns in front of their children. Education must be given a top priority for it to come out on top. Therefore, it is expected that parents must make education their priority, above all other after school activities. The parent needs to be a positive role model for the child in helping to shape the child’s opinions and attitude about learning. Research reveals that high self- esteem and student’s achievement are closely related to positive parental involvement in school.