Parental involvement and school dropout in secondary schools in Tororo District, Uganda.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
This study investigated the relationship between parental involvement and school dropout in secondary schools in Tororo District, Uganda. The specific objectives were; to establish the level of student’s dropout, to examine the level of parents involvement and to find out the relationship between parental involvement and school dropout. A sample size of 383 respondents was targeted from a population of 9,225 people using Solvent formula. The literature review was in accordance with the research objectives and the information was generated from journals, publications, internet among others. This study is guided by Ames Motivation Theory which states that the decision to dropout is made by the student as a result of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The role of the Parent is to motivate the children materially, socially and psychologically. The questionnaires were set in line with the objectives for parents and teachers. The questionnaires were pretested giving an overall cronbach of (α=.735) reliability.. The study employed quantitative approaches, purposive sampling for teachers and simple random sampling for parents. The data was analyzed using frequencies, percentages, means and standard deviation. Pearson Linear Correlation Coefficient was used to determine the relationship between parental involvement and school dropout at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that there is a high level of dropout of students in schools, low parental Involvement and a significant relationship between parental involvement and dropping out of school (r=-0.118, p=0.494). Based on the findings it was concluded that parental involvement affects school drop out. The study recommended that there should be an affirmative action programme by the Ministry of Education to sensitize parents about their roles towards their children while at school and at home. Parents, children and the whole community should be sensitized on the benefits of completing school and the dangers of dropping out of school.
A thesis submitted to the college of education, open distance and e-learning in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of education in educational management and administration of kampala international
Parental involvement, School dropout, , Uganda.