Parents Charged To Partner Schools On Child’s Positive Attitude
PARENTS have been advised to encourage positive attitude in the lives of their children, for them to achieve great performance in their academic pursuits.
The Vice Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Professor Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi said this at the third annual seminar of the University’s Parents Forum, held last Wednesday, with the theme: “Encouraging Positive Student’s Attitude Towards Academic Excellence: The Role Of Parents”.
According to him, parents, no doubt, have great role to play in the lives of their wards because positive attitude elicits positive change in the lives of the students.
“It is therefore incumbent on parents to encourage positive attitude in the lives of their wards. As education begins from home, parents must use all necessary tools to inculcate positive attitude in them and so role of parents in this regard cannot be over-emphasised.
“The counseling unit of the university facilitates the development of students and helps them make the most of their university experience. Specifically, these include counseling towards enhancing self-understanding, selecting appropriate educational and career goals, increasing social competence and resolving personal challenges which interfere with human development,” he said.
The Guest Speaker, Prof. Jonathan Osiki, who is Head, Department of Guidance and Counseling, University of Ibadan, said the symbiotism of positive learners attitude subsumed in the learners’ behaviour and parental involvement are two interwoven elements that can be nurtured for academic excellence.
He added that studies have confirmed the positive outcome when parents, children and school are cooperatively involved in children’s education. “The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which the student’s family is able to create a home environment that encourages learning; express high expectations for their children’s achievement and future career; and getting involved in their children’s education at the school and community.
“Several research outcomes, do unequivocally support that parents-child involvement and parents-school partnership often yields sustainable dividends and comprehensively. One prominent and critical finding was that parental involvement in the form of ‘at-home good parenting’ has significant positive effect on children’s achievement and adjustment even after all other factors shaping attainment have been taken out of the equation.”
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