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Parents urged to work with teachers to improve learning

Parents and teachers have been urged to join hands to improve learning in schools.

Peter Bahemuka, a programmes officer, communications and advocacy at Raising Voices, made the call as the institution marked the Global Action week at Mirembe primary school in Makindye, a suburb of Kampala, last week.

The Global Action week, declared by Unesco in 2001, runs from April 23 to April 29, each year, where educators and learners share ideas on how to better the learning environment. 

Bahemuka said teachers and parents had unique roles to play to ensure a good learning environment.

“We all have roles to play ... when [parents] feel like their children are not getting quality education, let them intervene. If they don’t do that, then they are not playing their role,” Bahemuka said.

He challenged them to start off by playing their role of providing scholastic materials and to monitor schools to ensure that their children are getting the best education.

The call was echoed by James Mwanja, the Makindye division education officer, who observed that many times parents don’t want their children to be guided by teachers on what to do, claiming that they took them to school to study, and not to work.

He worried that teachers focus on learners getting good grades and thus end up feeding them on too much book knowledge, neglecting pupils’ talents.

“Instead of bringing up these children, we have allowed them to grow up and they are no longer brought up. Most children can’t even make [their beds] but you go on to blame the school which is fighting hard to fulfil the curriculum,” said Mwanja.

“The teacher’s role is to identify the talents in the children and develop them. We are not all going to succeed through formal education; so, let us help these teachers in identifying our children’s talents.”

One of the week’s activities saw learners, parents and teachers engaging in dialogues. During the interaction, Richard Ssali, a parent with two daughters at Mirembe PS, suggested that children be allowed enough time to rest to learn properly.

“I suggest that children attend school during weekdays so that they rest on Saturday and Sunday. For most of us who can’t afford to pay for weekend coaching, our children miss out on vital topics, which affects their performance,” Ssali said.

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