Bulgarian Parents Meet Their Children's Teachers Mainly on Parent Evenings

A national study conducted by the agency "Trend" and ordered by the MEP Asim Ademov, found some interesting data about the parent-teacher relationship. Or the lack thereof. 

According to the study, 84% of parents see meet their children's teachers only during parent-teacher conferences. One-third of parents know only a couple of teachers or none and just 2% of parents turn to their child's school psychologist on matters of violence at school. 

The study was conducted in February of this year whereby 1000 parents of children in grades 5 to 12 were interviewed. It definitely has some interesting findings. For instance, 81% of parents trust the teachers and are happy with the school's influence on their children, as well as with the education their children are receiving. However, their answers seem to be contradictory when it comes to communication. 

Only 29% of parents know all of their children's teachers and 7% of parents don't even know the class' teacher. When asked how they communicate with the teachers, 84% of moms and dads said that this happens only during parent evenings. Anastas Stefanov from "Trend" comments that parent evenings are not held that often which points to a troublesome frequency of communication. 

Parents tend to overtrust their sons and daughters when it comes to their school life. 77% of them reckon they find out about their children's studying problems from them and not from teachers. And once this problem is established, parents do not contact the teachers but try to solve it at home and if that doesn't work - the child gets sent to private lessons. The study found that 50% of children with problems at school visit private lessons. 

Here are some shocking findings - 30% of parents are not aware if their child has ever witnessed aggression at school and only 1 in 4 parents have heard about such instances. When asked how they would respond to aggression at school - 42% of parents claim they'll contact the class' teacher, 26% will take the matter to the principal, 15% will try and talk to their child and only 2% will turn to the school's psychologist. What is even more shocking - 36% of parents don't even know that their child's school has a psychologistImage Source


Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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