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A Comparative Study of the Academic Support of Single-Mother and Father Parenting Among Public Junior High School Pupils in Effutu Municipality (Published)

The study investigated the academic support of single-mothers and fathers parenting among public junior high school pupils in Effutu Municipality within the context of Family Deficit Model and Six Typologies of parental involvement by Epstein (2001). The study adopted the cross-sectional descriptive survey design through the quantitative approach where a structured questionnaire was self-administered to collect data from 240 single-parent pupil respondents made up of 140 single mothers and 100 single fathers. With the aid of the version 22 of the Statistical Product for Service Solution, descriptive (frequency, percentage) and inferential statistics such as chi-square were used to analyse the data. The study findings revealed that the single mothers directly involved in the monitoring and supervision of pupils’ homework than the single fathers and largely relied on grandparents/others for support. Besides, the study disclosed that single mothers largely supported with provision of basic school amenities to pupils more than the single fathers.  Again, the single mothers were found to be more actively engaged in parent association (PA) activities with support more than the single fathers. Based on the findings, the study recommended among others that school authorities and community leaders in Effutu Municipality should work together to organize seminars and workshops for parents to enable them know that their involvement and support in their children’s learning is vital to the academic work of their children.

Keywords: academic support, assistance with homework, basic school amenities, participation and support to parent association., single fathers, single mothers

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