Role of parents in their children’s education

WHEN discussing the issues of early childhood learning, everyone has a different perspective but all still aim for the same goal – to ensure that children get the best education so that they can become successful adults in the future.

All parents want the best education for their children and are willing to sacrifice their resources to get this.

This is why some parents blame teachers when their children obtain below par results in important exams like the PT3 (Form 3 Assessment) or SPM.

Parents should not be too worried about their children’s learning environments in school because teachers are there to guide them step by step and monitor their progress.

But parents should still participate in the education of their children, especially those aged below 12 years. These pre-adolescent (nine to 12 years old) children are still developing, hence they are naive and could easily fall prey to deviant peers who might negatively affect their academic performance.

It is undeniable that working parents have less time to spend with their children after being at work from morning till evening. In some cases, parents even work late into the night.

Even stay-at-home mothers, who typically spend the entire day caring for the household, might not have the time to devote to their children.

It’s understandable that most parents would be too drained by nightfall to have energy to guide their children in their studies.

Nonetheless, they should strive to find a way to spend some time with their children, who would most certainly welcome the opportunity to be with their parents. Children become more successful in pursuing their future endeavours when they have their parents guiding them.

Parents should spend at least one hour a day monitoring or guiding their children through their schoolwork. If they are not familiar with the subject their children are learning, they could always do an Internet search to get some ideas about it. This would show the child that his/her parents are willing to go out of their way to help them with their lessons and appreciate them for their gesture.

It is impossible for parents to know everything. As such, they must allow their children to explore new knowledge by themselves. This will spark their children’s interest in pursuing knowledge, including spiritual knowledge and essential skills.

From my observation, even if parents were academically successful, it is not guaranteed that their children would be, too, despite attending top-rated schools.

If every parent is aware of their role in their children’s education, there would be fewer complaints made about teachers in school, regardless of the study mode (online or face-to-face).

If parents can consistently put aside some time to guide their children in their studies, they might even unknowingly help to reduce social problems and nurture a more responsible generation to ensure the continued progress of our nation.

AHMAD IDZWAN YUSUF , Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Johor

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