State level training for SMC, SMDC underway in Kohima

orrespondent KOHIMA, MAR 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/23/2021 1:39:39 PM IST

 CState level training for district and block resource persons for School Management Committee (SMC) and School Management and Development Committees (SMDC) training and meeting was held at the state capital convention centre, here on Tuesday.

Special secretary school education Kevileno Angami asserted that many at times, data furnished by the school management committee and school management and development committee were found non-factual and based on ulterior motives.

She reminded that as resource persons, the members had to go back to their SMC/SMDCs members, community and build capacity and said “honesty is on us how we teach them, direct them and build the capacities so that their planning and inputs will be found useful in the education system”.

She said most of SMCs planning was about infrastructure and though infrastructure was important, she said there were other components in planning such as increase in enrolment, reduce dropout rate, how to bring the children out of the school, back to school and how to make the schools inclusive so that children in special need come to school. She said as per RTE Act, SMCs and SMDCs were constituted in all schools wherein teachers, community, parents and students in some schools were involved in the community and that SMC/SMDCs were the grassroots unit of the education system.

In his keynote address, Samagra Siksha deputy mission director, Kelhikha Kenye said decentralisation of education was aimed to achieve substantial improvement in efficiency, transparency, accountability and responsiveness of services in education and decentralised education ought to be more efficient, reflect local priorities, encourage community participation and eventually improve coverage and quality of education.

The two-day intensive training will focus on roles and responsibility of SMC/SMDC, improving students’ enrolment in schools, identification of out of school children (OoSC), children with special needs (CWSN), better delivery of mid-day meals in schools, implementation of school safety programmes, preparation of school development plans, etc.

Kenye said SMCs were expected to play vital roles in the management of schools to achieve overall improvement of the quality of education.

Following the state level training, he informed that the district/block resource persons (DMA officials, EBRC coordinators and ToTs) would replicate the same in the district/block level covering all the 1990 government schools.


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