The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship of secondary school students’ educational performance and their perceived parental attitudes. Parents' ambitions appear to be one of the crucial predictors for children’s educational performance. Information has been collected on students in five community middle schools in the Negombo sea belt during the 2020-2021 academic year to find out perceived parental involvement on their academic performance. This research follows a screening model, which develops the instrumental scales that measures the students’ perceived parental attitudes towards educational performance. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient and regression were utilized for data analysis. Furthermore, one t test was used to determine the level of overall parental attitudes towards secondary level education of children. The regression results indicate that fisher folks’ children mostly perceived their parents’ attitudes as protective demanding, which contributed 26.8 percent towards educational performance. Furthermore, regression results further demonstrate that Authoritarian Parent Attitude and Democratic Parent Attitude were 18.5 percent and 14.49 percent respectively, towards educational performance while encouraging students in terms of decisions for traditional fishing rather than their children’s academic future. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient indicate that three sub dimensions of parental attitudes moderately impacted on secondary level education of fisher-folk children in the Negombo sea belt. However, when the parents’ Democratic, protective demanding and authoritarian attitudes increased, a student’s educational performance decreased but perceived parental attitude has a moderate impact on secondary level educational performance of fisher-folk children in the Negombo sea belt in Sri Lanka.
Keywords: Parental attitudes, secondary level educational performance, middle level community schools, fisher folk children.