In the month of June 2015 a series of meetings were held with members of the SMC , parents and other community members in 14 villages.
SMC and Parent Meetings in June 2015
In the month of June meetings with members of the SMC and parents of children took place in fourteen villages. Over 70 percent parents and SMC members attended these meetings. Some of these meeting were held in a common space in the village and some others at the NREGA work sites. In most villages several other community members also attended the meetings. The average attendance was around 40 people in each meeting.
In many of these meetings children were also present and they proudly shared their work which had been filed in their individual profile folders. An issue that came up in almost all the meetings was the poor performance of government schools. There was good discussion and in most cases it was found that the performance of private schools was no better. In fact, it was interesting to note that when the parents went through the profile folders they were pleased to discover how much their children had learnt. As a result, in Rampura village the parents decided that they would stop sending their children to the private schools in Harmara and other neighbouring villages.
The decrease in the enrollment in government schools was a concern that came up in almost all the villages. The attitude of the villagers towards the government school was identified as one of possible the reasons , and it was agreed that there needs to be a greater involvement of parents and SMC members with the school and their children’s learning. Some of the provisions of the RTE Act were also discussed and parents expressed concern that all children were being promoted to the next class irrespective of their learning levels.The CCE programme was discussed in this context. In Relavata Laxmi bai was surprised to see that children from class two were reading books. She said her own grandchildren were studying in a private school and could not read and write. She has now enrolled them in the govt. primary school in Relavata where OELP is working. There were many such examples in other villages as well.