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UT to empower school management panels

Right to Education, School Management Committee

After constituting school management committees under the Right to Education Act, the UT education department is all set to empower them with financial and administrative powers. The aim is to check pilferage of facilities like uniforms, school bags, stationery, shoes and other items and to monitor school activities.

The committees with 75 per cent representation of parents and 25 per cent of teachers, local educationists and elected members of the education department will come into effect with the new session starting next month.

“The department is in the process of empowering these committees already constituted in all government schools. For instance, instead of providing school uniforms, money will be allotted to these committees, to be further disbursed among the students. This will check the usual problems of delay in the distribution of these materials and issues pertaining to quality and size as students would be reimbursed the amount spent on these items on furnishing the bills,” said Director, Higher Education, Ajoy Sharma.

Similar will be the procedure for other items, such as stationery, bags and shoes. Sharma said the move also aimed to check the nexus between schools and shopkeepers selling school uniforms — a major contention among the parents. As the parents have a majority in these committees, it is expected that all these “profitable” practices would be minimised.

Apart from the responsibilities entrusted under the RTE Act, including preparation of school development plan, estimates of class-wise enrollment for each year, additional teachers required for each class and subject, additional infrastructure requirement, financial requirement by each school for the implementation of RTE, these committees will be empowered with administrative control of the school, too.

To manage its affairs, the committees will elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson from among the members. The committee has to be meet at least once a month and the minutes, along with the decisions, has to be recorded and made available to the public.

Indian Express, March 7, 2011

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