Fathers don't believe that best investment in children is time

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New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) The widespread belief among Westerners that India is a male chauvinistic society is confirmed by an ASSOCHAM Social Foundation survey released here which shows that just four per cent working fathers spare time to help out their children with studies and upbringing.

Most of this work is thus done by mothers, who are often compelled to send their children to play schools and tuition centres.

The excuses--or maybe the reality-- that the fathers offer are excessive involvement in their jobs or perhaps poor understanding of the homework of children.

There is a well known saying that someones loss is someones gain.

The real beneficiaries are play schools and tuition centres, who mint money by the day.

The survey, titled: 'Plight of Modern Father towards their Children' involved 4,700 working parents in all metros and other places. These included Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Shimla, Dehradun, Indore, Patna, Cochin, and Chennai.

As many as 96 per cent fathers blamed the current job pressures in a competitive environment for not being able to find time for their wards.

As many as seven per cent fathers said they help their children occasionally.

Just 24 per cent of respondents said they help their children only if their children ask for it while 65 per cent said that they never help with their children with their homework.

On the other side, 65 per cent working mother are more likely than male respondents to help their children with homework most of the time.

Although there is no gender difference when looking at those working full time mother (22 per cent), working part-time (32 per cent) or women at home (46 per cent), women are more likely than men to help their child with homework.

The 59 per cent parents indicated that they are not confident of helping their child with homework because of ''different teaching methods these days'', while 21 per cent reasoned out that they ''don't understand the work their child does''.

The survey said working mothers are most likely to do school projects with their children (83 per cent) with slightly fewer respondents indicating that they play sport (20 per cent), make things (79 per cent) or read with their children (79 per cent).

However, male parents are more likely than their spouses to help with sports, while the opposite applied to cooking and drawing or painting.

Surprisingly , the survey findings show that fathers can be a positive force in their children's education, and when they do get involved, their children can do better at school.

UNI MP AK RK1428

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