You might send your children off to school with the right school uniform, and all the sports gear, stationery and books they need, but is that enough, are your kids getting the help they need?
Retailer PEP, which runs the PEP Academy in several schools around the country, recently held focus groups with teachers to find out whether parents and caregivers could do more to help kids at school.
Teachers offered parents the following advice:
- Be interested in your child’s school life and progress
- Read to them and let them read to you
- Be involved with the school
- Promote the right attitude towards school and learning
- Teach them discipline, good manners and respect
- Raise them for the world, not for yourself
- Keep children neat, tidy and clean
- Provide basic stationery: a pen or pencil and a ruler, scissors, colouring pencils, sharpener, glue and a pencil case to hold the items.
Teachers in the focus group also cited some of the many issues faced by school kids, which could challenge their progress at school:
- Single-parent households
- Lack of father figures
- Lack of role models at home and in communities
- Illiteracy at home
- Children who have to take the role of parents at home
- Drugs and alcohol
- Kids dropping out of school
These challenges become less threatening when parents are more attentive to their children’s needs. So get your kids to speak up, engage with their school lives, and pay attention to what they might need.