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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics and parental involvement in schooling at primary schools of Hawa Gelan District, Oromia region, South west Ethiopia, 2016, (N = 630)

From: Predictors of academic performance with due focus on undernutrition among students attending primary schools of Hawa Gelan district, Southwest Ethiopia: a school based cross sectional study

Variables Categories Frequency Percentage
Age in years <10 years 133 21.1
≥10 Years 497 78.9
Sex Male 305 48.4
Female 325 51.6
Ethnicity Oromo 409 64.9
Amara 173 27.5
Tigre 39 6.2
Othersa 9 1.4
Religion Protestant 261 41.4
Orthodox 251 39.8
Muslim 109 17.3
Othersb 9 1.4
Grade attended 2-4 grade 222 35.2
5-8 grade 408 64.8
Parental Respondents Father/male guardians 130 20.6
Mother/female guardians 500 79.4
Parental current marital status Married 443 70.3
Separated/ Divorced 187 29.7
Parental educational status Not attended formal education 173 27.5
Attended formal education 457 72.5
Parental occupational status Unemployed 25 3.9
Run own business 100 15.9
Employed 505 80.2
Family size Less than five 219 34.7
Five and above 411 65.3
Average family monthly income Less than 1000ETB 164 26.0
1000-2000ETB 224 35.6
More than 2000ETB 242 38.4
Regularly attend parent-teacher meeting Yes 437 69.4
No 193 30.6
Talk about schooling with children Yes 326 51.7
No 304 48.3
Support the children during home work Yes 365 57.9
No 265 42.1
Follow children at school Yes 466 74.0
No 164 26.0
  1. ETB Ethiopian Birr, aOthers -Gurage, Gumuz bOthers-Wakeffata, cultural