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‘Providing sports facilities is mandatory’

he SSC board should start looking at education as a research-based study rather than rote learning.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 1, 2012 1:31:53 am

Give us a brief overview about what sets your school apart and makes it different?

See,we believe in quality education and lay maximum emphasis on the sound academic development of a child. We try to inculcate discipline and orderliness with a sense of confidence in students.The world has become ultra-competitive and communication is part of it. We make sure that our students are excellent communicators,which in turn will make them confident individuals.

Sports play an important aspect in our curriculum. In today’s stressful world,many schools don’t even have playgrounds. This is a sign of negative development in the field of education. Sports is important and can add to the credentials of a country. Infrastructure problems will persist but providing kids with sports facilities is mandatory.

What is your take on new school bus norms and how are you implementing it? Explain the procedures undertaken by your school to maintain student safety?

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We have our own fleet of school buses for transportation. We have staff to handle kids in every bus and an inhouse-mechanic too.

To add to it,we have tied up with a surveillance and security company called “Keep-track”,which has installed GPRS system in every bus. This helps in keeping a track of the position and activity of the bus. We have structured a system that invariably sends text messages to parents when kids enter/leave the bus. In an event of casualty or breakdown,intimation messages are sent to parents to retrieve their wards.

In total,we have communicated with the RTO and are following all the guidelines set up by them.We have received circulars pertaining to the matter.

The RTE rule that you cannot fail any student till Class VIII has created quite a flurry. What is the scenario in your school?

We aim for overall consistent education of child,right from grade I. In a way,the rule seems good when you keep a student’s point of view in mind. It will prevent demoralisation and demotivation of a child as failing hardly doesn’t serve any purpose. We have been following norms in place that ensures students’ excellent academic performance.

We monitor students since the inception of lectures. This helps us to understand the strengths,weaknessess and problematic areas of a student’s study chart. Then,we set up remedial classes that focus on solving the problems. This ensures that their academic foundation is strong and no one fails.

Parents are very much a part of students’ academic life. So,we try to include them in day-to-day activities of kids. They need to pay attention to their wards and help them academically.

Keeping in mind the concept of “Integrity Clubs” in CBSE and ICSE schools,what advice would you give to SSC boards to implement change in its modules that provide global exposure to its students?

The SSC board should start looking at education as a research-based study rather than rote learning. Text-book-based study is very narrow and cannot be apt for students. It should refine its teaching methods.Teaching should be more practical and less confined to classrooms. It should be an amalgamation of creativity and it should create a desire in the student to excel.

What do you feel about the topper system? Do you think the media hype surrounding it is justified?

Media should abstain from it. In today’s world,everyone wants to take credit from a student’s hard work. Coaching classes are the best example. Recognition at school and national level is a positive thing,though. A student has completed his schooling and results are a proud moment for schools.There should be a balance in approach when students are involved.

The CBSE is adopting the international curriculam. What is your take on it in line with IGCSE?

The basic fact regarding all boards and curricula is that syllabus and matter is the same. Only difference is in the approach; the approach towards dissemination and execution of matter at hand.

The CBSE has an application and theory-based study chart. There is a confusion regarding weightage and allocation of emphasis regarding both. But,IGCSE is more student-friendly and has completely abstained from the rote-learning method. It follows a total application-based method. The IGCSE is affiliated to the CBSE and the ICSE too is a derivative of the same.

And,finally with the amount of progress taking place,we have invariably become a global village. When such a curriculam is introduced,a child becomes a member of global education society and has no qualms or problems coping with any content anywhere.

How are extra-curricular activities important for holistic development of a student?

Extra-curricular activities are very crucial for the overall development of a child. It goes parallel with academics. We place emphasis on sports and other activities.

We provide football,cricket in terms of sports. We have tied up with a sports-based company called Leapstart,which creates a structured model for physical education among children.

Music,dance and other activities encompass the whole array of events for kids. It is mandatory for every kid to participate. We conduct cultural talent parade in mid-August every year, which provides a platform for students to showcase their talent.This is the speciality of NES-SVB group and we are proud to present it to our students. Besides these,we have an annual day and quarterly sports meet,wherein sports competitions are conducted twice a year.

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