Newly formed school management committees begin to hold monthly meetings

Public schools have started holding School Management Committee (SMC) meetings, much to the satisfaction of parents.

The meeting is convened monthly by the school head, who is the member-facilitator of the 20-member committee responsible for improving the quality of the education delivery system.

The committee has one parent as chairperson, and another parent of a disabled child, or a health worker whose service is in the school, or parents who are under the category of AIDS/SC/ST patients, or transperson . In addition, there is a broad composition of 12 parents representing SC, ST, MBC, BC and denotified communities on the committee. Others on the committee include a teacher from the school, two representatives from local organizations; an academician or a representative of an NGO or a retired teacher, and a member of a self-help group. Preference is given to women for a maximum of 11 committee members.

According to headteachers, conveying to higher authorities resolutions passed at SMC meetings regarding the school’s educational requirements and the expectations of the local community will be more effective than oral and written requests.

Since SMCs have been tasked with formulating school development plans, there could be more focus on improving infrastructure, according to S. Sivakumar, an academician who was appointed as an observer of school management committees in the district. from Tiruchi.

There have been countless instances of SMC representatives attending recent Grama Sabha meetings and explaining the school’s requirements to local bodies, a principal said.

For their part, teachers are relieved because the SMCs will now act as a support system to increase enrollment and prevent dropouts for students aged 6 to 14. The SMC is responsible for liaising with panchayat leaders to identify dropouts and bring them back to schools.

Jeremy S. McLain