Influence of parents’ participation in secondary school management on students’ academic performance in Buyaga County Kibaale District
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This study delved into the influence of parents’ participation in secondary school management on students’ academic performance in Buyaga County, Kibaale District. Specifically, the study sought to establish the role played by the parents in the management of school finances and student discipline; and the influence of this role on the students’ academic performance. Data were collected from six schools, which were randomly selected to represent government-aided and private schools. In these schools, teachers and student responded to a questionnaire and headteachers and members of Parents and Teachers’ Associations were interviewed. The findings were that the parents in Buyaga County have not been involved in the management of school finances, which has led to financial resources constraints and, consequently, impinged on the students’ performance. It was also established that, nevertheless, the parents have been involved in the management of students’ discipline. It was, therefore, concluded that parental involvement in the management of school discipline should be complemented with participation in financial management if good academic performance is to be realised. Subsequently, the study recommends that the managers of the schools in Buyaga County encourage the parents of their students to participate in the financial management of the schools.