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Students’ Council will be established in TN Schools

By Team YourCoimbatore on 29th December 2021
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To include students in the decision-making process, the school education department has sent an internal communication to all district chief education officers directing them to set up a students’ council in all the schools.

The project will take shape with the help of teachers and the members of a few NGOs.

R Sudhan, state project director of Samagra Siksha, said that the council will be constituted in all schools as part of the reforms in the school management committee (SMCs).

Every school must have a school management committee (SMC) mandated under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which should have parents and representatives of the local body as members to enable interaction with teachers and school education department officials to fulfil the requirement of the school and children.

The SMC is a 20-member committee with a convener and a joint convener. The students’ council will be an added component to the SMCs now.The school education department has been holding discussions with the heads of schools that are effectively utilising SMCs to fulfil the requirement of students since September this year.

The committee monitors various activities of the institution, including preparation of a school development plan, overseeing the distribution of financial aid from the state government and other agencies, and monitoring the noon meal programme.

Headmaster of panchayat union primary school in K Paramathi of Karur R Selvakannan said, “Ideally it is the students who know better about their requirements. The council is also based on an idea of children’s parliament.”

He further added that the students in the council will discuss among themselves their requirements and notify the school management committee about the same.

A senior official from the Samagra Siksha said that the initiative is in the initial stage and consultations were on with NGOs and educationists. The students’ council will help students to open up their thoughts and requirements.

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