After the success of the recently held first-ever parent-teacher meet in government schools, the Delhi Government in a bid to further strengthen school education, held a ‘School Management Committee’ (SMC) sabha, for the first time. Whatever you may thing about the Kejriwal headed AAP’s work and political sphere in the capital, Sisodia led education department is doing some serious work to lift-up the status of government schools.
The meet was held on Sunday in the Burari constituency. The SMCs of 15 government schools in the 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.
As a follow-up to the parent teacher meeting 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.
There was a massive turn-out of parents for the event.
Deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia who graced the event with his presence encouraged parents to speak up about the problems they were facing.
“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 together, discussing and resolving problems as one team,” he said.
Sisodia responded to concerns raised by parents about the bad quality of food in mid-day meals, delay in construction of schoolrooms and other issues. Aiming towards a speedy resolution of the problems, 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 up for the delay in construction work and were directed to convene a meeting on Monday to resolve the issue. Sisodia also warned the contractor that he would be penalized and replaced if he failed to meet the deadlines. He said that he would personally follow-up all the commitments made by officials to ensure works get completed on time.
Atishi Marlena advisor to the Dy CM, Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha, advisor to Director (education), Shailendra Sharma, district magistrate (North East District), Deputy Directors (education), and officials of PWD, Delhi Jal Board, MCD and Delhi Police were also present to answer queries and resolve department-related problems faced by parent SMC members.
“SMCs have changed the way Delhi government schools function for the better and this effort of the government was to make it directly answerable to parents of children who study in our schools. The turnout at the Sabha is very heartening and SMC members will return home today with even more confidence to perform their responsibilities in their schools,” said Atishi Marlena.
The government will hold many such ‘SMC Sabhas’ in every Assembly Constituency of Delhi. The Delhi government has always made education its prime area of focus, and has launched several interventions to transform government schools.