BY AGNES KYOTALENGERIRE
PARENTS should regularly visit schools and discuss the academic progress of their children, the Teddy Bears Kindergarten headteacher has said.
Lillian Webare said: â€œOur parents are too busy to make a follow-up on their childrenâ€™s academic work. Their role only stops at dropping and picking children from school.â€
This was at the schoolâ€™s open day recently. The dayâ€™s activities are held annually, to encourage interaction between parents, teachers and pupils. The day is also meant to enable parents to discuss ways of improving academic standards at the school.
Deputy headteacher advised parents to always read with the children, to instill in them a reading culture.
â€œPre-primary is a stage that forms a strong foundation for primary education, so it calls for both the teacher and parentsâ€™ participation if learning is to take place,â€ she said.
She said one-on-one discussions carried out during the school open day enlighten parents on what kind of learning materials to buy for their children, depending on their different class levels and areas of weakness.
Besides, Kanzini noted that attending the event and others like it boosts the childrenâ€™s self-esteem and encourages them to work hard.