‘Tea with headmaster’ making inroads

The concept is to discuss the problems related to school with parents over a cup of tea and resolve them accordingly.

By Author  |  Published: 6th Jun 2017  12:25 am
After renovation works at Mandal Parishad School in Kodad, the enrolment in the school has gone up from 80 to 107.

Hyderabad: Over a cup of tea, now parents can discuss not just about academic performance of their wards, but issues such as infrastructure development in schools, with the teachers and headmasters of government schools.

In a unique initiative to collect feedback from parents, the Education Department officials are set to launch ‘Tea with Headmaster’, which interestingly was first launched by an NRI.

Following the success of ‘Coffee with the Principal’ launched in a school in Issaquah, Washington, US, Sudheer Jalagam has replicated it in the Mandal Parishad Primary School, Venkatapuram, Kodad in Suryapet district as ‘Tea with Headmaster’. The concept is to discuss the problems related to school with parents over a cup of tea and resolve them accordingly.

“Parents can voluntarily take up works in the schools. For instance, if a ceiling fan has a problem, an electrician among parents or anyone can voluntarily take up and resolve the problem. This is being practised at schools in the US,” said Jalagam.

After the launch of ‘Tea with Headmaster’ and renovation works at Mandal Parishad School in Kodad, the enrolment in the school has gone up from 80 in 2016 to 107 in 2017. Thanks to the positive response, the new concept is now being tried out in 12 government schools in the State.

Jalagam intends to spread the programme in 100 schools across the Telugu speaking States and has managed to get assurance from the DEOs of Suryapet and Vizag in AP.

This apart, he has pitched to conduct classes for NRI kids on Telangana culture and history among others during their vacation at hometowns.

“This concept will not just help children learn about Telangana culture and history, they will also have a feel of government schools, in addition to generating revenue to school management,” he said.

He requested ManaTV CEO R Shailesh Reddy to air the content relating to Telangana history and culture for the benefit of NRI kids.