Various schools across the national capital Delhi have a 16-member organization known as the ‘School Management Committee’ (SMC). The committee comprises of the principal, a teacher, 12 parents, an MLA and, a social activist.
The Delhi government along with SMCs from around 1600 schools of the city has launched a mobile app for better functioning of the education system.
The app was launched on 28 December 2017 by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM as well as Minister of Education Manish Sisodiya.
“The SMC app will not only provide a virtual platform to the management bodies to connect with the members and be updated on issues pertaining to the functioning of the schools but also act as a record maintenance tool,” a Delhi government official said. The app will also be accessible to the Directorate of Education. It is aimed at offering a more systematic working of school management and a result-oriented relationship between the school and the parents. It will help the schools to work jointly and think for the betterment of the student.
The use of this app is a welcome step towards increasing digitalization in the education system. It will also alleviate inefficiency in communication between the schools and the SMCs. CM Kejriwal said at the event, “We have done an experiment towards democratization of school education system in Delhi. Our effort is to make the SMC members realize that they are the owners of the schools and will contribute their services for betterment of quality of education.” Through the launch of this mobile app, there will be an increase in the transparency of the SMCs’ working to ensure quality decisions. It also signals a promise for more proficient work from the SMCs since it will be constantly monitored by the government and the DOE.