Enthusiastic Parents Learn About School Management Committees at Various Meetings Held Across TN Government – Edexlive

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Instead of students, parents swarmed public schools in Tamil Nadu to participate in a meeting organized to raise awareness about School Management Committees (SMCs). This was part of the Nam Palli Nam Perumai initiative which aims to increase parental involvement in school activities.

According to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, School Management Committees (SMCs) – made up of elected representatives of the local authority, parents or guardians of children and teachers – must be formed in each school. Out of 20 committee members, at least 15 must be parents or guardians. More than 50% should be women. It must also ensure the representation of parents or guardians of children from disadvantaged groups and weaker sections.

Although this is an important part of the RTE law, only a few schools currently have CGEs in operation. SMCs can monitor school operations and the use of grants. They can also prepare and recommend a school development plan.

In different schools, parents enthusiastically participated in the meetings held on Sunday, March 20, where teachers explained the constitution and functioning of CGEs. “Forming such committees will help to improve the relationship between parents and teachers. Apart from talking about SMCs, the teachers also talked about the various government programs that our children could benefit from,” said S Gunasekaran, a parent who has participated in the meeting.

Around 130 parents attended the meeting which was held at Chennai Corporation Middle School in Mogappair. “Many parents were willing to be part of the committee. The parents requested the appointment of permanent health staff for the school as well as teachers for the LKG and UKG classes, in addition to additional classrooms. The representative of the local body, which was also present, said they would take immediate action to respond to the requests,” said S Krishnaveni, the school principal, adding that parents and teachers also contributed to the program Puravalar, which would be used to teach students extracurricular activities.

According to Uma Maheswari, a teacher at MBN Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School in Chromepet, “The effective operation of SMCs will help to improve public opinion regarding public schools. When the number of students enrolled in public schools increased at the following the pandemic, such an initiative to ensure that parents are involved in school activities is welcome.”

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Jeremy S. McLain