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State issues PTA formation rules

The state government issued guidelines for the formation of Parent-Teachers Associations (PTA) in private, aided and unaided schools on Tuesday. This government resolution (GR) will be applicable to schools affliated to all boards.

mumbai Updated: Aug 25, 2010 01:12 IST

The state government issued guidelines for the formation of Parent-Teachers Associations (PTA) in private, aided and unaided schools on Tuesday. This government resolution (GR) will be applicable to schools affliated to all boards.

The GR says that every parent of the school will be a member of the PTA, whose main aim will be to solve the problems between students and teachers. One parent from every division and one teacher from every class will be a part of the executive committee of the PTA. It also mentions that a PTA are compulsory in all schools.

The Forum for Fairness in Education and the Bansal Committee, which was formed to create a fee-hike policy, has suggested some of these changes. “Though I am happy that some of our suggestions have been accepted, this GR is contradictory to the GR issued on July 15 as it does not clearly define the role of the PTA in deciding the fee structure of a school,” said Jayant Jain, president, Forum for Fairness in Education.

The July 15 GR states that the PTA has to approve all fee revisions. “Also, it does not mention democratic methods to elect the representatives of the PTA,” added Jain. A senior official from the education department said that the GR was adequate.

The GR only states that the PTA will form an important part of fee-related decisions and transparency should be maintained in such decisions. The GR also states that the members of the executive committee will hold their posts for two years and cannot become part of the committee again for the next five years. The executive committee of the PTA should be elected in the first general body meeting and 50 percent of the members should present in these elections.