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Noida: At first parent-teacher meet, parents are more nervous than students

The parent-teacher meeting was organised after a recent directive from district magistrate BN Singh asking all primary and junior government schools to hold such meetings every three months

noida Updated: Jan 27, 2018 23:35 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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Parents at the Model Primary School and the Junior High School on Saturday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

It is 10am on Saturday and 40-year-old Mahmood, a rickshaw puller from Khoda, Ghaziabad, is sitting quietly on a wooden bench facing the class teacher of his eight-year-old daughter at Model Primary School in Noida Sector 12.

His daughter Mona is sitting beside him, nervously glancing at her father as her class teacher makes an assessment of her yearly progress report. However, her father appears more nervous than her for this is his first time at a parent-teacher meeting.

The teacher explains to Mahmood that his daughter needs to work on her mathematics, to which Mahmood nods and then leaves.

In another class, Munni Sharma, a Sector 20-based single mother, is listening to the progress report of her nine-year-old son Monu Sharma who studies in class 4. Five minutes later, she exits the classroom, beaming from ear to ear.

“The class teacher said my son is really good in mathematics. But he is irregular in attending school and I got to know about it only today,” Sharma said.

Saturday was the first large scale parent-teacher meeting (PTM) organised by the district administration and education department at the Model Primary School (classes 1-5) and Junior High School (classes 6-8) at Noida Sector 12. The meetings took place from 10am to 3pm.

The PTM was organised after a recent directive from district magistrate BN Singh asking all primary and junior government schools to hold such meetings every three months.

The decision is aimed at increasing the government school students’ focus on academics and improving their overall performance

Of the 944 students registered at the Model Primary School, parents of only 406 students attended the PTM. Of the 481 registered students at the Junior High School, parents of 350 students attended the PTM.

There are 11 teachers and three shiksha mitras in the Model Primary School and 19 teachers in the Junior High School.

“The idea is to bridge the communication gap between parents and teachers regarding a child’s performance. If a guardian is aware of the progress of his ward, they are more likely to be alert and play an active part in their children’s overall education. Most parents belong to the underprivileged sections and they are not able to pay much attention to the children’s studies,” said Bal Mukund Prasad, basic education officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.

At the PTM, every classroom had a class teacher, one assistant teacher and one shiksha mitra ready with the critical assessment of each child in their class.

“Our class 5 has 93 students and we keep a track of each child. We make a complete assessment of each child, including his/her academic performance, social behaviour, interest towards extra-curricular activities, discipline and overall growth. I explained to a mother about how her daughter keeps quiet in class. We believe every parent should be made to understand about the needs of their child,” said Sudha, class 5 teacher, Model Primary School.

Manju Bhatnagar, who is in charge of the Model Primary School, said such efforts help in bringing parents and teachers together in an effort to help children.

“Earlier, many parents never used to come for our monthly PTMs. This time, we requested them to come to the school with their kids. An effort is also needed from the parents’ side if we are aiming at the overall progress of students. Many parents were not even aware that their kids don’t come to school. I hope that the situation changes after this meeting,” said Manju Bhatnagar, head teacher, Model Primary School, Noida Sector 12.

Manisha Joshi, principal of the Junior High School, shared similar feelings.

“PTMs will ensure that there is regularity in the academical and school life of students. These children are talented people, no doubt, but parents also need to chip in for their overall development,” Joshi said.

Parents also commented that they look forward to more such PTMs as it provides them an insight into their child’s progress.

“I have two daughters in the Model Primary School and the Junior High School and I have received positive feedback from both their teachers. I want them to study further and achieve whatever ambitions they have. Such meetings should be held more often,” said Nagendra Gupta, a resident of Sector 10 slum area.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 23:35 IST