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A state-aided school in the city has decided to open class-wise WhatsApp groups of guardians that will be monitored by teachers.

Jadavpur Vidyapith has come up with the plan to connect with parents on a regular basis and share with them the day-to-day activities of their children besides receiving updates from them.

The class-wise groups will start operating in mid-August. Each group will have more than one teacher selected by the school as admins.

The teacher admins will also be members of a WhatsApp group, along with some guardians’ representatives, that will have the headmaster as its admin. The group will be formed a week after the guardians’ groups are opened.

“The school wants to monitor the proposed WhatsApp groups centrally to increase interaction with parents. Sometimes, aggrieved parents are not able to seek redress,” said Parimal Bhat- Jadavpur Vidyapith tacharya, the headmaster of the school.

The WhatsApp groups can also be used to inform parents about important events at school, Bhattacharya said.

In case of a serious problem concerning a student or a grievance where action needs to be taken, the admins of the particular group will discuss the matter with the guardians and then forward it to the group with the headmaster as admin. The headmaster will discuss the matter with the teachers and take a decision, which will be communicated to the guardians. WhatsApp groups are common among parents of students in most private schools but, unlike the ones proposed at Jadavpur Vidyapith, these are controlled by the guardians themselves.

“Guardians need to be kept in the loop about the daily activities of students. Mistrust could develop among parents if their grievances are not redressed promptly. We had been planning to devise a mechanism to enable guardians to seek redress for any grievance without having to wait. The use of social media will be helpful to remain connected with the parents,” Bhattacharya said.

The school may need to alert students and parents about a health hazard, certain dos and don’ts as in the case of a dengue outbreak, or provide updates about security measures on the WhatsApp groups. “Such information is now displayed on the school notice board. But many students do not read the notices. We hope we can communicate better through the WhatsApp groups,” Bhattacharya said.


Source: The Telegraph

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