An educationist, Mr Kennedy Ozoemena, Deputy Director, Secondary Education Board, has advised parents to build a positive relationship with their children’s teachers to improve children’s academic achievements and emotional well-being.

Ozoemena, who is also the Head, Mentoring Unit of the board, gave the advice at the 23rd ‘Graduation/Speech and Prize giving Day’ of Kings Kids International School on Saturday in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory.

He said positive connections between parents and teachers had been shown to improve children’s social competencies, saying that when parents and teachers work as partners, children do better in school and at home.

According to Ozoemena, partnerships are most powerful when they include three main components which are communication, consistency and collaboration.

He said parents can nurture the relationship with their children’s teachers by following the three ‘Cs’.

“Communication between you and your child’s teacher is key. Frequent, two-way communication is important to stay apprised of what is happening at school and to let your child’s teacher know important things about your child.

“Attend meetings with questions and observations about your child’s efforts and behaviours, not just their grades and achievements. Let your child’s teacher know about your child’s strengths and challenges.

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“Ask about ways you can work with your child at home to encourage their learning for successful school year. Collaboration will be easier if communication is frequent and you consistently create opportunities for your child learning,” Ozoemena explained.

He further urged parents to cooperate with their children’s teachers and not to fight them, while being positive minded that the children would be greater in future.

On his part, the Principal of the school, Mr Pius Godwin said that the school indeed was improving daily since its establishment in 1998.

Godwin said that the school had produced great leaders such as doctors, lawyers, engineers among others.

He also encouraged the public to enrol their children because the teachers were proficient, competent and efficient to train them to become life-long leaders.

On behalf of the fresh graduates, the Head girl, Miss Glory Offor thanked the teachers and the school management for all the training and support during their stay in the school.