School management

School management committees on the road to renewal – the New Indian Express

Express news service

COIMBATORE: While the majority of public schools still operate without basic facilities across the state, the school education department has decided to strengthen school management committees (SMCs).

As part of it, 200 coordinators across the state were selected to carry out SMC activities.

One of the Coimbatore coordinators, T Arulanandham, who recently attended a state-level meeting in Trichy, told TNIE: “School education department officials aim to develop schools through SMC. The committees link all the stakeholders in the school. Initially, training would be provided to 4,000 teachers across the state followed by HMs in each district. An action plan is prepared by those in charge.

He said the department will hold elections for the posts of chairman, vice chairman and members of the SMC.

Headmaster of Gerigepalli Panchayat Union (PUPS) C Veeramani Primary School in Krishnagiri told TNIE: “In 2007 I worked in Kanjanoor PUPS where only ten pupils regularly came to the school out of a total of 28. He there were many challenges such as school dropouts, child marriages, child labor, students without parents, etc. in the village. To get them back to school, I used the SMC.

He added that he sensitized parents and village heads to SMC activities by visiting households. Later, they showed interest and participated in the SMC meetings and the strength of the school gradually increased, Veeramani added.

He proudly said, “Thanks to the activities of the SMC, nearly 150 students are now studying and receiving a quality education. In addition, the school has moved from an elementary school to a middle school. Students have access to appropriate classrooms, toilets, library, computer lab. , and student clubs.

Kanjanoor PUPS also won Unicef’s first prize for school hygiene as well as an ISO certificate.

Palli Kalvi Pathukappu Iyakkam District Coordinator C Chandrasekar welcomed this decision and recalled that according to the Right to Education Law, SMC should operate in all schools. He urged HMs to actively manage them and develop good relationships with stakeholders in order to provide quality education to students.

SMC activities

* Increase student strength and ensure student education

* Ensure the teacher-student ratio according to the strength of the students

* Solve students’ learning difficulties

* Prepare the school development plan and implement it

* Involve parents, the public, local school leaders with school activities

* Awareness of student education and children’s rights

* Explain the disadvantages of child labor