NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has recommended the Centre to amend the Right to Education Act (RTE) to allow involvement of parents in school management committees in private schools. The advice comes following the murder of a seven-year-old student of the Ryan International School, Gurgaon.
The apex body on child rights has written to the Ministry of Women and Child Development pointing that private schools have been exempted underSection (21) of the RTE Act to rope in parents in student welfare planning, unlike in government schools.
According to the NCPCR, the involvement of parents in monitoring school’s working would help in checking the student’s behaviour and deal with psychological issues among others.
The Section (21) calls for all government schools to constitute a School Management Committee (SMCs) consisting of the elected representatives of the local authority, parents or guardians of children admitted in such school and teachers. “But private schools have been exempted under the Section (21).
Parents have no engagement with the school management expect parent-teacher meets in private schools,” said a NCPCR member.