School Councils play a vital role in the education system. They provide a forum through which parents and other members of the school community can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance.
Parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child’s success in school. When parents are involved in their children’s education, the level of student achievement increases. Students attend school more regularly, they complete more homework in a consistent manner, and demonstrate more positive attitudes towards school. They are also more likely to complete high school.
The partnership between school and community representatives on a School Council helps to build mutual understanding and interaction between a school and its’ community, resulting in benefits for both. By giving information to parents and community representatives, getting feedback from them, and presenting their views to the school and the school board, a School Council involves the community in the discussion of educational issues and helps the school identify and respond to the educational needs of the community.