Parent 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).
The impact that parents can have on their child’s learning and achievement transcends income levels and social status. “In fact, the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student’s family is able to: 1. Create a home environment that encourages learning; 2. Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers; 3. Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.” If two of these three criteria are accomplished, children of low income families will achieve at or above the levels expected of middle class children.
Parental involvement does not only mean that it leads to higher academic achievement, but to better attendance and improved behavior at home and school as well. When school and home, work together collaboratively, and using a competent approach to education, it can make a huge difference in student achievement. Students value their education when they see the interest shown by their parents. When children achieve, everyone benefit.
As children excel, the school is recognized, the teachers are recognized and the parents and other family members of those children are encouraged to extend their knowledge by going back to school. The purpose of this study is to reveal how important is parental involvement on the academic the performance of Grade V-VI pupils at school. This aims to show the readers that parents can be a great supporter and a big help for their children to become inspired to study harder.