Among the top-performing schools under the HT-- C-fore survey, great emphasis is laid on the overall development of children. To underline this, the survey judged schools on three related parameters — life skills education, value system integration and social accountability.
In life skills education, Vivek High School is ranked first in SAS Nagar with 36 points out of 50, followed by Yadavindra Public School (YPS) and Shemrock Senior Secondary School with 35 and 33, respectively.
In value system integration, YPS got 36 points followed by Vivek High with 35 and Manav Mangal Smart School with 33. For social accountability, YPS is best with 38 points, Manav Mangal second with 33, and Vivek High ranked third with 32 points.
Through celebrations of certain days and festivals, students are given an insight into the background of different concepts, like Labour Day and Human Rights Day.
Meenu Ahluwalia, teacher at Vivek High, says, “We want our students to be independent and socially responsibile. We ensure that students from all classes are taken to old-age homes, shelter homes, where we make them donate things. This is done just to make them understand the value of sharing.”
SK Sharma, principal of Shemrock, says, “With technology changing our lives and with most children living in nuclear families, it is the responsibility of schools to ensure moral education. We have moral science as a subject and take students to visit the underprivileged to make them understand their role in the society. We have tied up with NGOs wherein students from our senior classes go and teach dropouts.”
Students are also sent on camps and expeditions where, under the guidance of teachers, they are to take care of themselves, from cooking to surviving with little ration and money.
Kavita Malik, senior coordinator at Manav Mangal Smart School, says, “We arrange picnics, camps for juniors; as for seniors, we take them out on trips that are not just for fun. The students are given limited ration and money and are taught to spend these in the most judicious manner. Students at such trips learn to survive on their own and to share.”
Schools also provide international exposure to students and arrange educational trips abroad.