Parental involvement in facilitating the learning process: a case study of standard eight parents in selected schools of Egoji-Meru, Kenya
Parental involvement refers to the interest a parent shows in their children's schooling by encouraging them to do well in school, helping them with the schoolwork, appreciating when a child does well in school, talking with the teachers about the child's progress among others. Involvement may vary from one family to another and can take different forms from communicating with teachers about children's progress and helping children with homework, to participating in the school policy-making. By getting involved, parents can reduce children's risk of failure and dropping out of school. Parental involvement improves student's morale, attitudes and academic achievement across all subject areas. Children's behaviour and social adjustment improves when parents' are proactive with schools and neighbourhoods to cultivate an environment that promotes learning. Parents' role is very important for any meaningful learning to take place. This study investigated seeks to find out the role of rural parents in the formal schooling programme. The nature of involvement is examined to establish how the parents help their children in the process of learning. The tools used to gather data were; questionnaires and interview schedules. Tables were used to present the data. Chi-square was used to establish the strength of relationship between the factors that influence the level of parental involvement.