A Mobile-based parent portal for public primary schools in Nairobi County, Kenya

Ong’udi, Victor Okinyi
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Strathmore University
Parental involvement in a child’s education and learner’s success are directly related. Because of this relationship, experts have developed different technologies to intervene and improve parental engagement efforts. For instance, the growing use of Internet and smartphones in Kenya has opened new and better technologies to improve parent involvement, especially in the public schools in Kenya. However, since many public primary schools rely on funding from the government and donations, it has been difficult for them to adopt technology in the learning environment because of a shortage of funds. Parents still have to make physical visits to schools to get updates on their child’s progress. Such challenges have impeded effective parental involvement in public primary schools. Hence, poor performance of learners and low public primary to secondary school transition compared to their private school’s counterparts. Therefore, affordable and easy to use products can be made to help the public primary schools achieve their academic goals and aid learning institutions to compete favourably with private schools. Thus, this study proposes a solution using a mobile based parent portal for public primary schools in Nairobi. The product will be developed based on the academic needs of the schools and reviews of the products that are already being used by learning institutions in other parts of the world. The parent portal will improve connection between schools and homes, enhance parental involvement, and ensure learner’s achievement.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Computing and Engineering Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Master of Science in Computing and Information Systems Degree.
Parental-involvement, Parent portal, Learner, Learner achievement