School management committees: a move towards open government in education in India

Author(s) : Chugh, Sunita; Poisson, Muriel

Organization : National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (India), NIEPA

Imprint : 2022

Collation : 21 p.

Series : Open Government in Education: Learning from Experience

This study developed as part of IIEP-UNESCO Research Project ‘Open Government: Learning From Experience describes how the school-community interface has strengthened in the form of school-based management structures in India. More specifically, it examines the functioning of school management committees (SMCs), which have crystallized as an outcome of about 50 years of government initiatives towards educational decentralisation.

In this context, it critically analyses the availability of school-related information, and reviews around 50 studies (both all-India and micro research) on the functioning of SMCs around three major dimensions of open government, namely: transparency, citizen engagement and accountability. It demonstrates that if initial steps have been taken for constituting SMCs, much more is required to make them functional, pointing in particular to the lack of awareness of their members about their roles and responsibilities, their limited participation in school activities, and the inadequacy of capacity building provided to SMC members.

  • Access to education, Access to information, Accountability, Anti-Corruption Education, Anti-corruption strategies, Community participation, Legal framework, Monitoring / control, Capacity building, Civil society, Corruption, Audit, Educational management, Local government, School administration, Open Government, Parents, Parent-teacher associations, Transparency
  • Asia and the Pacific