SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE- AN INITIATIVE TO INVOLVE PARENTS IN SCHOOL
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Parental involvement is viewed as critical to the development of effective schools and student achievement. Parent’s involvement in their child’s education is definitely important. It creates a big difference in their child’s performance and academic evaluation. Parents are known to be the role models for kids. Decades of research provide convincing evidence that parents are an important influence in helping their children achieve high academic standards.
When schools collaborate with parents to help their children learn and when parents participate in school activities and decision making about their children’s education, children achieve at higher levels. Getting parents involved in the education of their children appears to be crucial facts for the continuing educational development and success of children in school. Parents’ involvement in children’s education is largely believed to lead to improved learning outcomes. Recognizing this, the architects of RTE act mandated Parents involvement in school through School Management Committee. RTE Act mandates 75% members of SMC should be parents so that effective monitoring mechanism can be established at grassroots level. This is a key decision which can lead towards the revolutionary changes in education. The SMCs formed as a remedy to the management and quality monitoring problems in government schools. Through this community can participate, take ownership of the schools.
This paper deals with role and functions of SMC in schools.