Delhi: Parent-teacher meet not a new concept, but was never publicised so much

Even as the Delhi government claimed to have opened the gates of its senior secondary schools to parents for the first time, with the mega parent-teacher meets, school teachers and principals told that such meets were not new, but they had just been “repackaged”

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Published:October 16, 2016 3:33 am
parents-meet-759 Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia with students and their parents at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, New Kondli, Saturday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Even as the Delhi government claimed to have opened the gates of its senior secondary schools to parents for the first time, with the mega parent-teacher meets (PTMs), school teachers and principals told The Indian Express that such meets were not new, but they had just been “repackaged” and “publicised in a big way” by the AAP government, thereby drawing in more parents.

“Earlier, few parents came for the meets because half the time the children did not tell their parents about it. Even if a written note was sent to the parents, it was not delivered by the students. Now, the government has provided us the facility of sending bulk text messages and the FM radio ads have done wonders…

These innovative ways of reaching out have really helped,” explained Sunita Bhardwaj, principal of Nangloi Senior Secondary Girls School.

A senior teacher said, “This is the first time we will be handing out report cards directly to parents. Earlier, they were given to the students, who would get them signed at the last minute so that the parent, mostly unlettered, had no time to take a long, hard look. While the approach is novel, the idea isn’t.”