The politics of PTA in Govt schools

KK Ajithkumar

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Kozhikode: The government schools in Kerala have been witnessing a dramatic development. Reports from various parts of the state suggest that political fronts are apparently trying to seize administrative power in Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs) like they pursue in local bodies and cooperatives.

Recently, UDF panel toppled LDF aligned panel in a government school here. It is learnt that this has been a trend in many schools across Kerala, where political fronts have influence.

The parties even involve in door-to-door campaigns to ensure votes before the commencement of PTA meetings. This has increased participation in these meetings.

However, many teachers fear that imbibing people with political interests may topple the autonomy of PTA. Similarly, the teachers become ‘scapegoat’ for the acts done by politically affiliated individuals.

It is learnt that from deciding invitees for school events to teachers’ appointments, political interests mar PTA’s stature. Many allege that academic environment of the schools are getting spoiled.

Though proactive interventions of political parties are welcome, many worry that aggressive party politics may spoil the functioning of PTAs.

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