THE ROLES OF A PARENT IN AN INSTITUTION OF LEARNING

Before a pupil can be enrolled in a school, particularly at the primary and secondary school levels, a parent, guardian or caregiver must accompany the child to the school.

This simply shows that the cooperation of a parent is highly needed every time for a pupil’s academic success. 

A parent is expected to search and find a good school for their ward. They must provide all the basic/necessary needs of their child in school, which include but not limited to: notebooks, textbooks, stationery, uniform, footwear and other materials required by the school authority.

A parent should occasionally check the school bag of their child to see if there is any strange material in it. They should also check the notes written in the class and follow up with their lessons, and if they noticed any irregularity they should immediately report to the child’s class teacher or the school authority depending on the severity of the issue.

Furthermore, a parent is expected to attend all the meetings that are organised by the school authority which are aimed at moving the school forward, and also contribute morally and financially to the success of the school’s programmes and activities.

In addition, a parent must pay impromptu visits to their child’s school to inquire about the behaviours, moral conduct and academic progress of their ward.

Today, some students in the higher institutions of learning become unruly college student on campuses because their parents failed to continually visit and checkmate their conduct in their respective schools.

Paying school fees on time, providing all the needs of a student and giving money to them for their personal upkeep are not enough to groom a responsible child in contemporary times. Continuous good moral teachings, giving useful advice and educating a child to always take to correction whenever they are corrected by their teachers or elders are some of the things required in nurturing a promising school pupil in present times. 

A parent should ensure that their child keeps the company of students/friends who are willing to learn, those who attend classes regularly, read their books and avoid indecent acts. Peer pressure has great impact on the moral conduct of individuals. Some youths engage in bad act because they see their mates going into it and they want to be accepted.

 A serious student who mingles with unruly pupils will become an unserious student like them.   

It is saddening and worrisome to see that some parents give out money to an examination racketeer to purchase examination questions or award marks to their child. Some parents buy results/certificates for their child. Certainly, such practices shatter the future of the child because he/she would never be competent in any field they found themselves neither would they be able to cope with future challenges in their chosen careers. This phenomenon also reduces academic standards, renders certificates valueless and retards the growth of the educational sector.

A parent must encourage their child to face their studies squarely, to read thoroughly and prepare for assessment tests and examinations. They should make their child understand the fact that holding a certificate without sound knowledge brings shame, rejection and regrets later in life. It is a potential havoc in future endeavours.          

Rasheed Olayemi

Rasheed Olayemi was born in Lagos, Nigeria into the family of a business magnate, late Alhaj Chief Mustapha Temitope Lasisi. He is a teacher. He has taught in private schools in Abeokuta and Lagos for over a decade as well as manifold extramural classes. He has a great deal of experience in teaching. He is also an author. He writes poetry, prose, and dramas. Olayemi is the author of Poetry for the Rightful Thinkers published by Trafford Publishing, Bloomington, IN, USA. The book won The Gold Seal Of Literary Excellence Award after a meaningful review by The US Review of Books in 2014. He is also the author of Poetry On Moral Values published by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, Houston, Texas, USA. Some of the short stories he authored were The Regrets of Omotolu & The Illegitimate King published by Smashwords & Amazon, MATOWO (a Yoruba language short stories) published by Evans (Brothers) Publishers, Nigeria. In July 2013 he attended the International Education And Resource Network (IEARN) Conference held in Doha, Qatar. He had worked in Dubai, UAE for a few years.

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