School Management Committees- Successes, challenges and opportunities

June 2014

Section 21 of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE), mandates the formation of School Management Committees (SMCs) in all elementary government, government-aided schools and special category schools in the country. The RTE Act envisions an SMC as the basic unit of a decentralized model of governance with active involvement of parents in the school’s functioning. This policy brief by Accountability Initiative and Central Square Foundation highlights the successes, challenges and opportunities in the functioning of SMCs as envisioned in the RTE Act.

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