With the goal to facilitate public participation in school management, the Delhi Government has decided to allow parents of students studying in a school, to contest elections to managing committees of that school. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has asked all the schools in the city to invite parents for elections to School Management Committees (SMC). 12 parents will be elected from each school. “At least 12 parents would be elected to each school’s managing committee which would be headed by the principal of the institution. The area legislator, a teacher representing the school’s teachers and an educationist would also be members of the committee,” a senior Delhi government official said. “The parents elected to the committee will have the task of keeping an eye on the functioning of schools, monitoring the attendance of both teachers and students, analysing the progress of the students and suggesting changes in governance of a particular school,” he added.
There are a total of 924 government-run schools in the city and the government provides financial aid to another 221 schools. Therefore, a total of 1,145 schools will elect their management committees. The last set of SMCs were elected in March 2013. The SMCs are expected help utilize the money running the school, and also monitor a variety of functions as well. According to the mandate, the elected representatives are also supposed to motivate and help children in their belts and in the vicinity of schools to join school as per the Right to Education Act.