In a bid to strengthen school education, the AAP government held the first ‘School Management Committee’ (SMC) sabha on Sunday in Burari constituency, offering parents and other stakeholders in schools a platform to voice their concerns. SMCs of 15 government schools in Burari constituency met at the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Civil Lines, to interact with Education Minister Manish Sisodia and other concerned officials from the education department.
The Delhi government had recently held the first-ever parent-teacher meet in all government schools, hoping to engage parents in a regular dialogue with school authorities. As a follow-up to this initiative, the SMC sabhas are set to make the government more accountable to parents of students in government schools. “The concept of the SMC sabha was to provide a platform to parent SMC members to voice their issues with the schools to the concerned officials, in order to ensure effective and speedy resolution,” read an official government statement.
In what turned out to be a problem-resolution meeting, Sisodia responded on the spot to complaints of poor grain quality in mid-day meals, delay in construction of classrooms among other issues raised by parents. While the contractor for mid-day meals was given a week’s time to improve the food quality, officials from the Public Works Department (PWD) and Education Department were pulled for the delay in construction work and were directed to convene a meeting on Monday to resolve the issue.
“The government is very keen on involving parents and the community in school administration. SMCs are playing a very constructive role in improving the condition of government schools today. This is an extraordinary event since it is the first time that government and parents are meeting to discuss and resolve problems as one team,” Sisodia told the gathering.
“SMCs have changed the way Delhi government schools function and this sabha was to make the government directly answerable to parents of children who study in our schools. The turnout at the sabha has been very heartening,” said Atishi Marlena, adviser to Education Minister.