2022 General Election: School management boards tired of being treated as ‘cleaners’ – Naicker

People's Alliance candidate Sadasivan Naicker former claimed many Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI) management members felt sidelined after not being given the opportunity to govern the schools their ancestors had built. Picture: SUPPLIED

School management boards are tired of being treated as ‘grass cutters and cleaners’ by the Education Ministry, claims The People’s Alliance candidate for the 2022 General Election Sadasivan Naicker.

The former Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI) national president claimed many management members felt sidelined after not being given the opportunity to govern the schools their ancestors had built.

“Recently, there have not been any consultations and the management are being treated like they are the grass cutters or the cleaners of the school and the Education Ministry is doing everything,” Mr Naicker claimed.

Mr Naicker claimed there was no partnership between the ministry and stakeholders including the management, parents, students and teachers.

“We must see that there is a partnership between the teachers, parents, students and the school management and you’ll see one thing — none of the school management has even built a classroom in the past 10 years. Why? Because they have lost interest.

“Government, by paying $250, think they are the owners of the school but they should give school management the opportunity to make decisions involving their schools.”

He said many faith-based organisations were deprived of the opportunity to select the heads of schools due to the policies implemented by the ministry.

“The Education Ministry decides how to run and how to do things and the principals do what the ministry is saying. The management is not even in the loop to know what is being done and this is a very serious issue.”

Questions sent to Education Minister Premila Kumar on the claims made by Mr Naicker remain unanswered.

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