Parents’ Involvement and Students’ Academic Performance in Ryakasinga Centre for Higher Education –Sheema District –Uganda.
Prof. Basheka, Benon C.(Supervisor)
Jennifer, Rose Aduwo (Supervisor)
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The study examined parents’ involvement and students’ academic performance in Ryakasinga Centre for Higher Education – Sheema district –Uganda. The objectives were to find out the extent to which parenting is related to students’ academic performance in Ryakasinga CHE, to find out the extent to which learning at home is related to students’ academic performance in Ryakasinga CHE, to find out the extent to which volunteering is related to students’ academic performance in Ryakasinga CHE. The study was underpinned by Systems theory. The study population was 143 where a sample size of 125 was selected and of these respondents, 107 (86%) responded. Data was collected using the interview guide, a questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS. The findings revealed that there is a strong positive significant relationship between parenting and academic performance (r=0.576**). Learning at home had a correlation of (r=0.378**) and volunteering had (r=0.519**). The study concluded that communication was a major reason for success in academic performance and that a good learning environment positively influences academic performance. The study also recommends that Ryakasinga CHE parents should ensure that their children get balanced diet in feeding; it also recommends that parents of Ryakasinga CHE should check on their children’s discipline, furthermore recommends that parents at Ryakasinga CHE should start setting up their own infrastructure. Lastly, the study recommends that both Ryakasinga CHE parents and administrators should provide holiday packages (booklets constituting of different questions of different subjects) to students that can encourage them to learn at home. These will improve academic performance. Since Ryakasinga CHE is a government school in a rural area, the researcher recommends that other similar studies be made in a private school and in a school within an urban setting.