‘Many parents are illiterate,they fail to realise importance of documents’

On implementation of the Right to Education Act,Sri Ma Vidyalaya principal Meenakshi Iyer says her school follows guidelines but the admission process takes time as most parents approaching them do not have proper documents.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 2, 2012 3:24 am

Has the school begun implementing the Right to Education Act? As no guidelines have been provided for its implementation,what are the hindrances the school is facing?

Yes ,the school has begun implementing the Right to Education Act (RTE). Guidelines have been provided and we are following it. The hindrances are not many but most parents approaching us do not have proper documents and so the admission process takes a long time. Also,since many parents are illiterate they fail to understand the importance of the documents.

What are your thoughts on the topper system? Do you think the school,parents and media should pay attention to this?

The topper system is good as long as it does not affect others who have missed it just by one or two marks. This will psychologically affect them. As far as parents and schools are concerned,a bit of attention should be paid on this matter. For the school — because it will be well known in its area and the efforts of its teachers will be recognised. For parents — because every parent would wish to see their child as a topper in the school or study in a school that has many toppers. But the media,in my opinion,should not overplay the system.

What are your thoughts on the new school bus norms? How has the school gone with its implementation? Has a team been set up to look into these matters?

The new school bus norms are good if implemented in a timeframe. It will be for the safety of students,which is our concern. Our buses have been on contract; our contractor has been instructed to do the needful and take necessary steps to implement it as the safety of students should be their priority,too.

Do you feel students should not be made to fail up to Class VIII? How do you think such a rule affects the students’ education and their attitude to education?

If the student is unable to cope with the concepts in the class that he/she is studying,then it will be better that they repeat the class. Also,the parents should understand that their child is finding it difficult to cope with the syllabus and not take this rule as an easy way to get their child promoted in spite of not being upto the mark. Students on their part also have started taking their studies lightly.

As the principal of this school since its inception in 2000,what are your thoughts on the SSC Board of Education? What changes would you suggest the Board consider to make for a more wholesome education?

The SSC board provides good education to its students. But,for a wholesome education,the board can bring about some changes in their assessment pattern so that like other boards,students get more exposure to the present situation and can use their knowledge in their daily life and be updated in current affairs.

Can you give us information on at least three students who have excelled in extra -curricular activities. Please give the name and details of each student or group of students who have won prestigious awards.

-Ujjwal Joshi has won almost all athletic competitions conducted by the Thane District Athletic Association. He has been selected for the state level athletic meet.

-Pratiksha Daki has won gold medals in the district,state & national-level karate championships. She has also won an international championship in Dubai held in December last year.

-The school won the best school award at the Vivekotsav Competitions held by Sri Ramakrishna Mutt,Khar,Mumbai.

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