Parents throng schools during mega PTM
NEW DELHI: In an attempt to reach out to the parents of the 1041 government school students, the Education department held a city wide Parents Teacher Meeting (PTM) on Friday. The schools witnessed footfall of a large number of parents, both father and mother. From the early morning, the parents started coming, thereafter discussed various issues with the teachers.
"It is evident that the parent-teacher engagement which the government aimed to institutionalise through mega PTMs has been achieved," said Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia.
The PTM has been aimed at reaching out to the parents of these school children because most of them come from very lower economic strata and they fail to understand the importance of education. The practice generally existed in the private schools but the AAP-led government made it mandatory for the private schools. "We are happy that this exercise, which used to be limited to big private schools, has now become an integral part of the culture of government schools," Sisodia said.
The government introduced the concept in schools last year. The schools admitted that this has become an important platform for interaction between teachers and parents in Delhi's government schools. According to reports from various schools, the turnout of parents was much more than the last year. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and senior AAP leader Atishi Marlena visited several government schools in Hari Nagar and Shakti Nagar to interact with parents, children and teachers. After the visits, Marlena tweeted, "What a heart-warming experience, it was to witness the parent-teacher partnership at today's PTMs in govt schools."
The government and the party observed that mega PTMs have had a tremendous social impact in Delhi.