Infrastructure remains the bedrock of a school, and the HT-C-fore survey broke that down into three parameters — basic infrastructure facilities, safety and hygiene, and value for money.
In SAS Nagar, Yadavindra Public School (YPS) is the best in basic infrastructure with 85 out of 100 points, followed by Shivalik Public with 80 and Manav Mangal Smart School with 79.
In terms of safety and hygiene, The Millennium School has been ranked on top, followed by Manav Mangal Smart School and then Shemrock Senior Secondary School, with 40, 39 and 38 points, respectively, out of 50.
On value for money, YPS is best again with 37 points, followed by Manav Mangal Smart School and Vivek High School with 35 and 34, respectively.
Arnav Thakur, a Class-10 student at Manav Mangal, says, “At our school, we have smart classes and almost every facility to make studying fun.”
Hardeep Kaur, a teacher at Shivalik Public School, adds, “There are students from all kinds of backgrounds studying in our school, and there are many who are good at sports but can’t afford coaching. We have ensured that we have coaching facilities for all the popular sports so that students get a fair chance to enhance their skills.”
In terms of safety and hygiene, Shemrock and Millennium School are both relatively young but have ensured all comforts to students.
Perneet Sohal, teacher at Shemrock, says, “Students learn better if they are comfortable. Hygiene is one of the most important features, and we ensure a clean and healthy environment. Also, we teach them about cleanliness as part of the curriculum.”
Schools have well-maintained kitchens from where food is made available in canteens. Purified water is served.
At the high-ranking schools, ramps are in place for safety of students and to make the premises disabled-friendly. The washrooms are cleaned multiple times a day.
“Amenities like clean washrooms and classrooms, purified water and hygienic food are basic requirements. Each and every school must put enough stress on that. We even include senior students in mentoring juniors on hygiene,” says Monika Ghai, a teacher at Millennium School.