Group may help train parents in school management

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 February, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 February, 2000, 12:00am

Proposals to strengthen school management might give rise to conflict on campus, a parents group said.

Tik Chi-yuen, chairman of the Committee on Home-School Co-operation, said that school authorities might worry that parents would meddle in the day-to-day operation of schools.

'And parents will not be happy if their voice is not heard,' he said.

A consultation document on school-based management, to be released later this month, suggests at least two parents' representatives be elected as members of a school's management committee.

Mr Tik is also worried that parents elected to school governing bodies might not have the knowledge needed to perform their duties.

'This is a new concept in local education which people need to take some time to adjust to,' he said.

Mr Tik said the committee would consider organising training courses for parents on how to work with principals and other managers on school boards.

He said he supported the idea of regulating and monitoring progress at badly performing schools.

The reform package suggests that when a school's performance is persistently unsatisfactory, its operation unsound and there is no sign of improvement, the Director of Education should act to safeguard students' interests.