Parents and Teachers collaboration in the education of children in secondary schools in Lusaka province: Voices of parents and pupils
Maurice Moono, Crispin Maambo, Siamoongwa Phanety, Maiba Rosta, Godfrey Sichamba
The study aimed at establishing parents and teacher’s collaboration in the education of children in secondary schools in Lusaka. The objectives of the study were to: establish parents understanding of the importance of parents-teacher’s collaboration, establish the role of parents in the education life of their children, determine parents and pupil’s perception of the effectiveness of guidance and counselling in secondary schools and to determine barriers that hinder parent-teacher collaboration. A convergent parallel research design was used when conducting this research. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. The sample consisted 77 respondents: 37 parents and 40 pupils. In selecting the participants, simple random sampling technique was used. The study employed the questionnaire and focus group discussion to ensure validity of the findings. The quantitative data was analysed using the statistical package for social sciences computer software while the qualitative data was analysed by coding and grouping the emerging themes. The study revealed that 91% of parents are involved in the education of their children. 93.4% of the parents are aware that their participation in the education of their children was very important. As regards to challenges in the parent-teacher collaboration, parents indicated that work schedules and distance to schools were some of the barriers that hindered their full participation in the education of their children. Based on the findings, the study recommended that the Ministry of General Education must come up with a policy on how parents and teachers can be collaborating in the education of children and that schools should sensitize parents on the benefits of collaborating with teachers.