With the growing resentment among parents over alleged monopoly of schools across the city, the deputy municipal commissioner of education board suggested, that parents should take part in the parents-teacher-association (PTA) from the beginning of the academic session in order to keep away any unnecessary issues from school education.
He asserted that the goal of PTA cannot be achieved unless parents do not take interest in the formation and running of PTA.
Time and again, parents complain that the schools do not form PTA on time.
“Such complaints can only be addressed if parents take interest in the formation and in the functioning of the PTA,” said Amrish Patnigere, deputy municipal commissioner, (education).
Patnigere said that the education department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has solved several school issues related to PTA amicably.
“We have come across several occasions where parents have issues with the school management, but they are not aware what the PTA members of the school have been doing to solve the issue,” said Patnigere.
According to government regulations (GR) regarding PTA, all parents should be members of it.
“Every recognised primary school or secondary school in the state should form PTA within 30 days from the commencement of the new academic year,” said Patnigere.
“Executive committee of PTA should be selected democratically within two weeks of the formation of PTA and the notice of the meeting for this purpose should be served to all concern people one week before the meeting day,” he added.
But, a parent says that on several occasions, schools hike fee even without consulting the PTA members.
“The school has formed the PTA without informing all the parents in one night and hiked the fee in middle of the academic year,” said a parent of New Horizon School, Airoli, where about one month back they staged a protest against fee hike.
“Such kinds of issues can only be solved if parents take interest in the formation of the PTA and accordingly follow the school management,” said Patnigere.
He added that on occasions, parents are not interested in the PTA and later they allege school for unfair means.
Anuj Kumar Pandey, vice-president of All India Federation of PTA, said, “In the GR of 2010, it had been clearly mentioned that implementation of PTA in every schools is the responsibility of education officer of the area, school principal and old PTA members.”
Pandey was also one of the members of the committee which helped in the formation GR in August 2012. He added that parents can be forced to become the part of PTA and at the same time they can seek help from both school management and PTA if any issues arise.
“On several occasions, parents fear to approach school principal since a part of the marks of school and board examination is with the school management and the school can misuse their power,” said Pandey.