The school education department has made it mandatory for all school heads to involve parents of their wards in day-to-day activities of the schools by remaining in regular contact with them.
Director school education Kashmir (DSEK), G N Itoo has issued a circular to all schools asking to add the parents in WhatsApp groups which will be administered by the respective heads of the schools.
"The heads of the schools are advised to share all the academic and non-academic activities on these groups so that parents are made aware about activities of the school," reads the circular issued by DSEK.
The circular directs that school heads should update parents with day-to-day activities and attendance of their kids through these WhatsApp groups for their information and prompt intervention.
"The school heads should also create websites of their schools and upload all related information for the benefit of all stakeholders," the DSEK circular reads.
An official said the initiative was taken in the wake of a recent meeting convened by Governor's advisor Khurshid Ganai wherein he asked the director education to maintain student enrolment in the schools.
The initiative to involve parents has been taken to make the school heads and the teachers accountable to them, keeping in view lack of sense of belonging among parents towards government schools, particularly up to middle level.
"We have observed from past many years that parents have not ever expressed their ownership towards government schools with the result of which these schools could not maintain liaison with the parents," the official said.
While the department is expecting a positive response from parents whose students are enrolled in government schools at secondary and higher secondary level, its significance at primary level is yet to be ascertained.
"We have mostly observed that parents enroll their kids in private schools up to middle or 10th class and later they shift to government schools as most of the government schools run classes up to 8th or 10th," an official said, adding that primary level government-run schools fail to attract many students.
"The students enrolled in primary schools mostly include kids of outside parents who work as domestic labours here in Kashmir. Another lot of parents who enroll their kids in government primary schools are illiterate," the official said.
Last week the advisor Ganai said the student enrollment in primary schools was meager due to mushrooming of private schools.