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Community Mobilization - School Management Committee (SMC)
School Management Committee (SMC) forms a critical group which can enable active community participation and mobilization. Vide rule 13 of Maharashtra RTE Rules 2011, 75% of the members of SMC shall be parents or guardians of children. They shall be elected in a meeting of parents of the school. The chairperson of SMC shall be elected from amongst the parents, in the case of schools managed by Government or Local Authority. In the case of aided schools, representative of the management shall be the chairperson.

The Head Teacher/Senior most teacher of the school shall be the ex-officio member secretary of the SMC. Parents of children of the weaker and deprived sections so also the parents of children with three different levels (High, medium & low) of achievements shall be represented adequately. The remaining 25% of the strength of the SMC shall be one member of Local Authority, a senior teacher & educationist. Two students of which at least one is girl shall be co-opted members. The state has ensured that 50% of the members of SMC would be women.

In Maharashtra, the department is successful in ensuring that SMCs function as planned. In most schools, SMCs meet at least once a month and record the minutes and decisions of the meeting properly which are made available to public. SMCs have also played a key role in ensuring that the enrollment and continued attendance of all the children from the neighborhood school is maintained. SMCs are also responsible in many of the school infrastructural and academic work. In all, they keep a firm check on the effective implementation of the RTE guidelines in the school.

In 2011-12, for the first time, state prepared its School Development Plan with the help of SMCs and planning inputs in SDP with respect to Access, Equity, Quality and Community Participation were taken from SMCs while developing School Development Plan.
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