Scores of parents, with their children, attended the second mega PTM of Delhi government schools Saturday and the discussions revolved around absenteeism, academic performance and reading capabilities of children.
With the government declaring it a “success”, the mood on the ground was more or less similar, with only a few parents questioning the ‘hype’. The crowd started building up from 9 am, when the PTM was scheduled to begin. Parents ? mostly mothers ? could be seen rushing into the school premises, some excited, others nervous.
Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, who visited some schools, said, “We are very happy with the amazing turnout of parents even for this PTM. Parents have found the perfect window or platform to engage and interact with their children’s teachers. It is an excellent opportunity for both parents and teachers to understand the child’s requirements better.”
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At GGSSS Kondli, as scores of students along with their parents participated in the PTM inside the classroom, outside, it was showcase of a model government school. Students showcased their learning beyond text books. As Sisodia, joined the PTM, he was welcomed by students dressed as scientists. “You are Einstein? What is the contribution of this great scientist?” he asked a student. Two students dressed as Dharti Mata and Ganga Mata conveyed through a play how rivers and land were being polluted. Anju, a parent of two daughters who study in the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Tigri, said, “We hardly get to meet teachers otherwise. Although my daughters Aakanksha and Bhumika have scored well in all subjects, I still got to know which subjects need more work.”
Aarti Dubey, whose daughter studies at the Ishani Govt School at Saket, said it was a good way to keep “tabs” on her child. However, some parents faced problems as well. At the Government Boys Senior Secondary Schools in Pushp Vihar, a parent said she was clueless. “I’m illiterate; I couldn’t understand a word of what was written. They shouldn’t just assume that parents are literate,” she added.
A parent at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Sangam Vihar, was perplexed when a teacher told her that her son was a “non-reader”. “I don’t know what that means. He didn’t explain it.”