School management committees in Tamil Nadu on the road to revival – The New Indian Express
Express press service
COIMBATORE: While the majority of public schools are still operating without basic facilities across the state, the School Education Department has decided to strengthen School Management Committees (SMCs). As part of this, 200 coordinators across the state have been selected to carry out SMC activities.
One of the Coimbatore coordinators, T Arulanandham, who recently attended a state-level meeting in Trichy, said The new Indian Express“School Education Department officials aim to develop schools through SMCs. The committees connect all stakeholders with school officials.”
He said the department would hold elections for the positions of president, vice president and members of the SMC. Principal of Gerigepalli Panchayat Union Primary School (PUPS) C Veeramani in Krishnagiri said The new Indian Express“In 2007, I worked at Kanjanoor PUPS where only ten students came to school regularly out of a total of 28. There were many challenges such as student dropouts, child marriages, child labor children, students without parents, etc. to bring them back to school, I used the SMC.”
He added that he sensitized parents and village leaders on SMC activities by visiting households. Later, they showed interest and participated in SMC meetings and the school’s enrollment gradually increased, Veeramani added.
He proudly said, “Thanks to SMC activities, almost 150 students are now studying and receiving quality education. In addition, the school has changed from a primary school to a secondary school. classroom, restrooms, library, computer lab, and student clubs.”
Kanjanoor PUPS has also won Unicef’s top prize for school hygiene as well as an ISO certificate. Palli Kalvi Pathukappu Iyakkam District Coordinator, C Chandrasekar welcomed the move and reiterated that according to the Right to Education Act, SMC should operate in all schools. He urged HMs to actively manage them and develop good relationships with stakeholders to provide quality education to students.
Increase student strength and ensure student education
Ensure a teacher-student ratio based on student strength
Solve student learning disabilities
Preparing and implementing the school development plan
Involve parents, the public and local leaders in school activities
Raising awareness of student education and children’s rights
Explain the disadvantages of child labor