Rajasthan has 72,990 government schools. Parent-Teacher-Meetings (PTMs) will be held collectively in all government schools on a single day for the first time. The meetings are schedules for 30th September and will start at 8am in all schools. This initiative will help to build better communication between teachers and parents by making parents aware of their wards' progress and also fulfill the RTE norms.
While PTMs a regular affair in private schools, it's a innovative event for government schools.
K B Kothari, managing trustee of Pratham NGO, says that learning outcomes in government schools are the worst in Rajasthan. "Such meetings will also make parents aware of the weaknesses of their children. These will often turn into 'collaboration' between parents and teachers for the welfare of students," said Kothari. Of late, cases of confrontation between school teachers and parents have risen in the state. Even experts feel that parents have become intolerant over petty issues and force schools to declare holidays when temperature rises or ask them to shut down if there's a shortage of teachers.
Education department sources say that 64 lakh parents are expected to attend these PTMS.
"Teachers have to show parents the attendance register and brief them about how to improve the performance of students," said a district education officer.