School management committees are a strong pillar of Delhi’s education model: Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said there were four pillars of education revolution in Delhi: honesty, clear vision of education, education budget and successful model of school management committees (SMCs).

To encourage members of the

SMC and improve their functioning, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi held a meeting with the committee members at district and ward level.

Apart from the Deputy Chief Minister, MP Ms. Atishi, Chairperson of Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Education, and Shailendra Sharma, Senior Advisor, Directorate of Education, were also present at the meeting.

Sisodia said SMC’s commitment and dedication has made the Delhi education model a success and that is why the Delhi education model is now being discussed both nationally and globally .

He said he has been working with SMC since 2015 with the vision of improving Delhi’s education system.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that there was no SMC as good as the one in Delhi and now it needed to be improved further. For this, it is necessary to strengthen the functioning of the committee as well as to include more and more parents in the schools to make them participate in the learning of their children.

During the meeting, Ms. Atishi, Chairperson of the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Education, said that while every state has a provision on MSC, it is only on paper. However, in Delhi, this is not the case as SMC Delhi has been working on the ground to improve Delhi’s education system. She said a well-known research institute said in 2015 in one of its global research reports that community involvement in education was very difficult and not successful. However, SMC Delhi has overturned this claim with its work and has become one of the most successful community engagement programs in the education sector globally.

She said this is all a result of the continuous efforts of SMC members and their commitment to education.

Shailendra Sharma, Senior Advisor, Directorate of Education, said SMC Delhi is known for its work. He said that like the Delhi government’s Mission Buniyaad initiative to bridge the learning gap for students, SMC will bridge the gap between schools and parents. He also described SMC’s work in supporting parents in Delhi’s education revolution as commendable, but also said it now needed to be further strengthened. He said it was necessary to motivate parents and involve them more for the benefit of their children.

The SMCs of Delhi Government Schools have been structurally strengthened and this has increased the role and involvement of parents in the administration of the school. Today, more than 1,000 public schools in Delhi have over 16,000 active members and over 18,000 active Mitras.

Jeremy S. McLain