Deputy CM initiates SMC Dialogue for 1100 Delhi schools, 19th September 2015

DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION & PUBLICITY

GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI

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  • Deputy CM & Education Minister Mr Manish Sisodia initiates SMC Dialogue for schools
  • He begins meetings with 16,000 elected School Management Committee (SMC) members of 1100 govt & aided schools
  • Mr Sisodia says SMC election with participation of over one lakh parents is historic
Dated : 19/9/2015

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Mr Manish Sisodia on Saturday initiated the process of meetings with the newly elected School Management Committee (SMC) members.

The process titled – SMC Dialogue – began with Mr Sisodia meeting more than 150 newly elected members.


For the first time in the history of Delhi, elections have been held in 1100 government and government aided schools to elect the SMCs, in which 75% of the 16,000 elected members are parents.


The SMC concept is aimed at increasing the participation of parents in the functioning of schools.

Mr Sisodia said SMC will be a monitoring body, which will function as eyes and ears of the Department of Education in schools.


The SMC will meet once in two months, in which progress report of the school and implementation of the School Development Plan will be reviewed.


The SMC will conduct a social audit of the accounts of the schools, particularly about the utilization of government grants.


In first of its kind participatory process, more than one lakh parents participated in the voting process to elect the SMCs.


The elections were a formal exercise in which nomination papers were filled up and scrutinized, which was followed by voting on a widely publicized fixed date of August 14 in all the schools.

It was mandatory for each candidate to get his/her nomination paper proposed by atleast 10 parent proposers.


The Department of Education had appointed observers in every school to supervise the election process.

Mr Sisodia said the process was historic since for the first time participation of parents has been witnessed at a mass scale. He said increased participation of parents is essential to improve the schools in Delhi.


He said the AAP government does not believe in leaving the school education system in the hands of a few officials, which has led to such a sorry state of affair so far.


The minister said the future of lakhs of students studying in schools of Delhi cannot be left in the hands of officials and teachers alone, parents need to be made stakeholders in this important field.


In every school, the SMC now has 16 members, which includes the principal, one teacher, one social workers, one elected representative and 12 elected members.


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