Parents get valuable inputs on children as teachers get talking
“Earlier, I never knew what my child is doing in the school except for a written report card. Whenever I tried to get feedback from her teachers, I was treated as an outsider in the school. But now the situation has changed drastically. Today, the schools are decorated to welcome parents for interaction regarding performance of the students,” said Sulatan Singh Kardam, father of Pratibha, a class VI student in a Delhi government school in New Kondli.
He is one of the hundreds of parents enthusiastically queuing up early in the morning for the Report Card Parent Teacher Meet (PTM) at Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), New Kondli, on Saturday. “The teacher showed me the report card of my daughter and discussed her merits and weaknesses. She also emphasised that my daughter is weak in Mathematics and need to do more practice for improvement,” added Kardam.
The parent-teacher meeting at this school was scheduled at 7am but parents along with teachers gathered in the school early in the morning to get the report card of their children and feedback from teachers. For the decoration of the school, a majority of the items were made by the students and this boosted the enthusiasm of guardians and their wards.
“I love singing and dancing. Earlier, there was no facility but now my school has two dedicated teachers one each for music and dance. They have changed a lot, communicate with us and keep motivating us in terms of academics and extracurricular activities,” said Lata Pandey, a student of class VI. The morning PTM in this school was scheduled at 7am but the parents along with their children started gathering here early in the morning and queued up enthusiastically to meet their class teachers.
The second mega PTM was conducted in all the schools of Delhi government on Saturday in two shifts.
“Number of teachers has increased and also discipline has improved. My daughter is interested in sports and the school has brought in many sporting facilities and is also taking initiative to participate in inter-school competition, which will be beneficial for my daughter and other students,” said Mohan Sharma, father of Nandani Sharma, a class VIII student.
The PTM ended at around 8.30am but the parents and students stayed there till the arrival of Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia at around 9.30pm. The school also organised cultural events by students.
“We will focus more on government schools and make more efforts to improve educational quality and facilities. Cultural events and sports will increase options for students apart from academic activities.
We are sure Delhi governments schools will do better than private schools and will ensure that even poor children get the best education,” said Manish Sisodia.