School management

govt. organize a campaign to redesign school management committees

The Department of School Education is conducting a mass outreach program in all of its 37,391 schools on March 20 to improve parent participation in School Management Committees (SMCs).

School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said in a press release that the department plans to revamp the functioning of SMCs, including with increased participation of women.

Ahead of the awareness program, the minister launched an Arivu song highlighting the importance of public schools and SMCs and a “video on wheels” campaign that will travel statewide to raise awareness through cultural programs . He released a mobile app for use by SMC members for their activities.

He said the 20 SMC members in all schools would play an active role in running the schools. The committees would pay particular attention to the schooling of all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. Likewise, they would be responsible for identifying children with disabilities and the facilities they need.

A parent of one of the children studying at the school would be the president. The parent of one of the children with special needs would be the vice-chair of the committee. Women would be given priority to occupy these positions and be members of the committee. Officials and members of the SMC would be democratically elected, the statement said.