Parental involvement in primary schools situated in informal settlements
Mofoka, Jerry George
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The study focuses on the level of parental involvement in the primary schools situated in informal settlements. The area of research was limited to the informal settlements of the Cape Flats in Cape Town. The identified areas were Philippi, Weltevreden valley, Khayelitsha and Crossroads. The principals, members of the governing bodies as well, as a sample of parents not serving on governing bodies were interviewed on the level of involvement. A case study of schools was undertaken on governance, communication, school involvement, home involvement as well as extra-curricular activities. The findings of the research were that parents are not innovative when it comes to school activities. They expect too much from the schools. Parents do not ask too many questions. They accept what the schools tell them. Parents generally do not help children at home with their studies. They hardly ever watch their children while participating in extra-curricular activities. The researcher made conclusions and made recommendations.