Parents elect members of school management committees

As part of the reconstitution of the School Management Committees (CGE) initiated by the Department of School Education for the Nam Palli Nam Perumai program, government college parents across the state came together to democratically choose committee members on Saturday.

In 6,849 public colleges, observers were present to oversee the member selection process and 5.74 lakh parents participated in this exercise. Through the reconstitution of these committees, the Department of School Education aims to promote better commitment and involvement of the community in the running of the schools.

Each committee should consist of 20 members, including 15 parents. And 50% of the committee should be women. The panel should also include a representative of the teachers, the principal of the school, as well as a representative of an NGO or an academic from the community should be part of the committee.

“We had a good response from parents at our school and around 70 parents came to the school to choose SMC members on Saturday. Many of them were interested in being part of the committee, and the parents collectively chose the 15 representatives,” said Swarna Bai, Principal of Panchayat Union Middle School, Minjur Block.

SMCs should come up with a school development plan, which will focus on areas such as student enrollment and retention, infrastructure, learning and management.

Jeremy S. McLain