With around 120 school districts in the State, more than 5,000 parent-teacher associations are functioning in government schools from the elementary to higher secondary level.
A senior official from the School Education department told DT Next that at present, there are about 37,500 government schools with about 41.1 lakh students in the State.
Currently, a membership fee ranging from one rupee to Rs 25 is being be collected monthly from parents and teachers to run the association, the official said. A president and secretary will also be nominated by the members of the association every year. “However, the membership money collected per month is not enough to conduct development activities in the schools,” the official said, adding, “Moreover, at present, many parent-teacher associations depend on NGOs for sponsorship programmes to conduct student’s welfare programme in the schools.”
The official said following requests from teachers as well as parents, the government has taken a decision to provide Rs 50,000 to the associations to carry out various activities. “The funds will be enhanced every year after reviewing the activities of the teachers and parents,” the official added.
“The funds will be utilised to organise regular cultural activities, competitions, orientation programmes for students, and coaching for parents along with interactive sessions with industry experts like doctors, counsellors and academicians to understand the developmental process of their child,” the official said.
The official said that separate funds to the tune of Rs 33 lakh will also be allocated to conduct enrolment rallies, awareness programmes and door-to-door campaigns in all blocks to increase enrolment in government schools, especially during the beginning of the academic year.