Relationships between Students’ Parents and School Administration

Written by: Samira Haleemzai

Some families in Afghanistan have relationships with schools administration to be informed of their children’s activities at the school but some others do not know if their children attend the school; study their lessons or not. This issue might cause some problems for students, their parents, and the school administration. AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to some people about this issue.

Qudratullah, a resident of Paghman district, Kabul province says, “My brother was always leaving home for school and we never asked about him from the school administration if he was attending the school or not and due to more absence, he was excluded from school.”

A girl from Bamiyan province says, “I had not been sharing my problems with my family when I was facing at the school. One of our teachers was always beating me with a ruler and I was always escaping from her class.”

What would be the negative impact of this issue on students?

A psychiatrist professor Farouq Stanakzia talks about this issue, “If students’ parents do not have relationships with school administration, they would not know if their children attend the school and might not know if their children could learn school lessons or have problems with their classmates or teachers; the students might be harassed on the way to school and so on. This issue would cause the students to lose their selves confidence and they might face some psychological problems.”

What do some people think about the causes of this issue?

Sajad, a resident of Kabul city says, “Unfortunately, some schools administration do not provide the facilities for parents to contact school administration. Some families also do not care about their children's education and they do not contact school administration about their children's activities at the school.”

How parents could have contact with school administration?

Lailuma, a teacher at one of the schools in Kabul city says, “We have a parents committee at our school. This committee evaluates students’ activities at school. If any of them have any problem, the committee would solve it and if this problem is not solve, the committee would invite the student’s family and would share the issue with them and would find a solution to it.”

A woman, who doesn’t want to mention her name in the program, says, “I am the mother of 5 children and they all are going to school. We have contact with their school administration and we also take part in the meeting of parents holds at school related to the students’ activities and if there is any issue, we find a solution to it.”