Parent Practical Guidelines: How parents can contribute meaningfully to the success of their children in schools
Massive gains have been made in the area of education access since 1994, and pockets of excellence can be found scattered
throughout the country. Yet, the general achievement of education outcomes remains poor, often below that of much poorer
and less resourced countries. Government has identified improving the quality of education as a national priority. In an
effort to improve education outcomes for all learners, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has introduced a number of
programmes at school. However, the role of parents and guardians in their children’s education is vital.
Research has proven beyond dispute that effectively engaging parents and families in the education of their children has a
positive influence on the success of the learners1. Currently the level of parent and community participation in schools is low.
Government is committed to redressing this: The DBE has developed this booklet to guide parents on what parents can do at
home, in school and their communities to maximise learning outcomes and learner achievement.
Despite being the richest province, Gauteng’s students lagged behind some of their counterparts in other provinces when it came to average achievement in reading and