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Moms on quality check in school

Alipore school opens door to mothers, seeks feedback

By Jhinuk Mazumdar
  • Published 4.07.18
Rajni Jain in a pottery class at Sri Sri Academy on Tuesday. Picture by Ankit Datta

Alipore Road: A city school has invited mothers to spend a day on the campus, attend classes with students and give a feedback, if any.

Sri Sri Academy has opened its doors to mothers this academic session at a time when safety and security of children on campus is the primary concern of most institutes.

Every day, a mother reaches the school at the time of the morning assembly and spend the day in classrooms, laboratories, corridors and cafeteria among others to see how the school functions from morning to the time of dispersal.

"It is about parents hand-holding with us. We want them to trust us because they leave our children here and I do not want them to look at us with any kind of suspicion," Suvina Shunglu, the principal, said.

"Instead of we saying the school is safe, they can see for themselves. If they feel there is any slip-up, we are open to suggestions."

On Tuesday, Rajni Jain was the "mother on duty". Her daughter is in upper nursery.

Jain, 37, an assistant manager with a beverage company in the city, took a day's leave to "see the systems and infrastructure in place".

Jain sat with the children in a classroom and attended activity classes like music, dance and pottery to observe the students because the mother on duty is expected to see if children are engaged in classes and if teachers are using mediums other than textbooks.

The spate of complaints of molestation on campus has made parents wary.

"The complaints have made us more aware... we feel as parents we should know what is happening in school," she said.

Heads of some institutes in the city felt allowing parents on campus could be intrusive for teachers.

Sri Sri Academy, however, believes it would bolster the confidence of parents in the school and teachers would understand the bigger picture and why the move is essential.

"If I was doing it for once a week I would have been able to prepare for it; but I cannot fake it for 200 days (working days) in a year," principal Shunglu said.

Jain said the visit was a learning experience. "A teacher attends to 25 to 30 students in a class without being impatient."

At present, the visit is for parents of students from lower nursery to Class V.