An investigation into the management of school-parent relationships at a primary school in the Chatsworth district of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and Culture.
This research project attempted to investigate the Management of the School-Parent Relationships in a Primary School. The aims of this study were to determine to what extent parents participate in school activities and whether parental participation in school activities is being optimised. An important pre- condition in developing a positive relationship between schools and parents is the need to persuade school-based personnel that their professionalism includes recognising the integral role of parents in the educational enterprise. The key focus of this study was to determine the perceptions of school based personnel and parents of the learners of the school regarding the current state of the relationship between the school and the parents. The subjects of this study were the principal, two heads of department, the school-clerk, thirteen level one educators and a sample of eighty parents of the learners of the school. The study was conducted at a Primary School in the Chatsworth District. The overall aim was enhance the relationship between the school and the parents at the researched site. This study employed the quantitative approach in its methodology. Data were gathered from interviews and questionnaires The results of the study have revealed that there is potential to enhance the relationships with parents at the school. Efforts to improve the relationship includes, encouraging parents to identify with the aims of the school, providing some form of education, training and guidance for parents who do not fully understand their role in education, adopting a participative and consultative style management when interacting with the parents, identifying skills and competencies of parents, encouraging effective two-way communication with parents, accommodating parents with busy work schedules and acknowledging parents for their assistance. This research project has also proposed possible recommendations to assist the school based personnel and the School Governing Body to develop and sustain stronger and positive relationships with the parents. The study concludes with recommendations for further research.