Violence and abuse are alarming in South Africa. These social ills spill over in schools resulting in anti-social behaviour by the youth. In response, this study focuses on the role parents can play in moulding the behaviour of young people in schools.
Soliciting parental assistance in the education sector is not new as it has developed into a well-known attribute of educational policies across the developed world. This is because adolescence is a crucial time to form goals for the future especially regarding career aspirations that are directly linked to educational achievement. Nurturing the careers of young people is important in South Africa which is plagued by social ills.
An exploratory qualitative research design was used to uncover the role parental support can play in moulding the behaviour of secondary school learners. A purposive sample was drawn to select twenty teachers (n=20), fifteen learners (n=15), and five parents (n=5) from three (3) secondary schools in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Primary data was collected by administering an interview guide through semi-structured interviews. In addition, observations were conducted to collate primary data by visiting parents at their homes and teachers at their schools. Thematic content analysis was used to analyse the primary data. Findings show that educational background, socio-economic status of parents, and the age of learners play an important role in their behaviour and academic achievement in their schools.
Keywords: Anti-Social Behaviour, Education, Local communities, Parental role, Schools, South Africa