PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN KENYA AS A MAJOR STRATEGY FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Jecinta W. Muigai

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The new Kenyan curriculum emphasizes the role of parents as essential to their children’s education and in the success of curriculum implementation. The development requires a change in how parents and the community interact with schools and education. The perception in Kenya has always been that education is the sole responsibility of the school and the teacher. And so, parental involvement in Kenya has mainly been limited to financial contributions and teacher-parent meetings. With the introduction of new curriculum, the role of parent is crucial for the academic success of the child. A literature study investigated the extent of parental involvement in primary schools in Kenya. The data is obtained from a variety of library articles addressing parental involvement in Primary schools in different counties in Kenya. The current study found that majority of parents are involved in their children’s education, however, more awareness of the parental involvement is needed and more strategies on parental involvement needs to be employed for the success of the new curriculum.

 

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