Where there is a will, there is a way. A principal of a government primary school has been instrumental in constituting a school management committee that remains dedicated to bringing about all-round qualitative change in this educational institution - both in terms of education and mid-day meals.
Principal Ajita Singh and a dedicated team of parents have transformed Primary School Sikandar Amolia in Gosaiganj in Lucknow. While principals in other government schools cite lack of resources, Singh has proved that such hindrances don’t stall progress of a school if there is intent to work.
Here, the school management committee (SMC) has also ensured implementation of Right to Education Act. It comprises of 11 members and most of them are parents of the children studying in the school.
“Attendance of teachers and their absenteeism are reported by the committee,” said the principal who took charge of the school two years ago. As a result student strength has gone up from 114 to 140 now.
“The SMC also prepares a school development plan, helps in expansion of facilities and beautification of school environment. The committee ensures enrolment of all non-enrolled children through enrolment drive and their retention in school till they complete the elementary stage of education,” she added.
Skand Shukla, deputy secretary, UP Basic Shiksha Parishad, Allahabad said, “A substantial section of students in regular rural government schools are first-generation learners belonging to weak economic background. The participation of their parents in the affairs of the school creates a healthy synergy and a feeling of involvement, which fosters learning.”