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Convert govt primary schools into community-managed schools
If we go by the mismanagement of mid-day meal scheme and poor academic achievement of government primary schools, it seems that they are playing with both the physical and mental health of children. The food poisoning cases are on the increase and research surveys indicate that most children of grade five in government schools cannot even read grade two language books.

Despite heavy investments in government sector, primary education reforms through World Bank loans, schools have almost become dysfunctional. The reform projects presided over by bureaucrats and state ministers as the heads of governing councils of such projects have been interested in publications, purchases and building construction aspects only since these are hard cash aspects of the system.

It would be better to convert the government primary schools into community-based schools in which the management committee appoints the teachers, monitors the school, and special interventions are organised for the benefit of their children. In many countries, the elementary school education is community-based and such schools are doing well.

A community-based school functions as a smaller community of children within the larger community. The responsive and responsible community members manage the school and support the student welfare and academic quality of classroom processes. The teachers are appointed by the school management committee for their children with full responsibility of child-level planning or micro-planning and management is done to ensure that all children learn optimally.

We must learn from the experiences of successful Indian projects like Janshala and multigrade teaching school project like Rishivalley Project and mainstream these innovations in which the community has the full stake in the schools. Such schools are run with a concern for the welfare and quality learning of children with a consistency of rules, expectations and instructions.

Underlying strength of community school model is the strong sense of school ownership by children along with an active family engagement and community stake to support children's learning.

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