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Mata Jai Kaur Public School, Ashok Vihar, principal Ashok Kaul said his school’s USP is the fact that apart from academics, the school also lays emphasis on overall development and infrastructure.

delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2010 21:45 IST

Focus on overall development
Mata Jai Kaur Public School, Ashok Vihar, principal Ashok Kaul said his school’s USP is the fact that apart from academics, the school also lays emphasis on overall development and infrastructure.

The school, established in 1977, scored high on social accountability, getting the second-highest points in its zone — 40.
"Our USP is the importance we put on inculcating discipline and social values among our students," said Kaul.

According to Kaul, the school, which scored the third highest in terms of academic rigour in the zone, prefers teachers who are not only well qualified, but who would be compatible with students, especially with the younger ones.

When asked how the school was coping to the new CCE norms, Kaul said though they initially faced some teething troubles while adapting to the new system, he is now happy with the initiative.

He said that’s because he believes that it helps to take the burden off students preparing for the board examinations.

Scoring on innovative teaching
Established in 1990, Apeejay School, Pitampura, school scored high on sports and extra-curricular activities in the north zone.
In fact, when asked to list the school’s major achievements in the last year, principal DK Bedi chose to mention Sanskriti Chhabra, a student who won third place in a national-level school badminton championship.

Another aspect that Bedi was proud of was that “no less than seven students from our science stream cleared the IIT-JEE examinations last year.”

Apeejay, which also scored 79 points — the second highest in its zone — in terms of competence of teachers, also had 100% results for both Classes 10 and 12.

The school scored 36 points, the fourth highest in the north zone, in terms of innovative teaching.

Talking of the CCE system that was introduce for Class 10 students this year, Bedi said, “I have always been a mentor of CCE, and had been among those who had suggested that CBSE introduce it.”

"And we had absolutely no problems adapting to the new system in our school, despite the fact that teachers’ workload has increased due to it."

Academic rigour takes priority
Ryan International School, Rohini scores high on academic rigour, with 79 points, the third highest in the north zone.

Agreeing that teachers have the biggest role to play in producing good results, principal Seema Sahay said: “When we recruit teachers, apart from looking at their qualification, we also assess how well-balanced their personality is, for they have to be disciplined, and should be good role models. Before a teacher is selected, he/she is asked to take a ‘demonstration class’, which helps us see how good he/she actually is with the children.”

The school, which scored 28 in terms of social accountability, also placed a lot of emphasis on moral values, said Sahay.

“That is why we follow a system of having an assembly every day to discuss relevant issues.”

Sahay added: “After all, our children come from different social backgrounds. We try to ensure that we follow a system that brings
them together.”

Sahay also said that she believes that extra-curricular activities are vital for the students overall growth.

"This year, in collaboration with SPACE, two of our students who took part in a space education programme, even discovered a new
asteroid."

‘Excellent holistic education’
Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini, principal Rekha Sharma claimed that the reason her school has been able to make a name for itself is that it offers “excellent holistic education at a low cost.”

She added: “Once the child pays at the beginning of the school year, we don’t charge him/her anything more, not even for camping trips.” With 39 points, the school scored the fourth highest in terms of value for money in the north zone.

Sharma, whose school scored 33 points for social accountability, also said that the school laid special emphasis on inculcating the “Indian values of family and ethics” in its children. “The family is the axis of the Indian middle class; we believe it is vital to teach children the importance of caring and sharing.” She also said that the school believes in recruiting teachers that are caring, and who can take their relationship with their students “beyond the classroom.”

Infrastructure adds value
Rukmini Devi Public School, Pitampura director KC Garg says that what adds value to their school is its infrastructure, as well as the way it grooms its students with regard to personality development and communication skills.

The school scored 31 points in terms of value for money and 32 in terms of life skills education.

It also scored the highest in north zone in terms of safety and hygiene with 40 points, but lost out in terms of social accountability.

Garg said that extra-curricular activities and sports are a vital part of education, because it “makes a difference in the student’s personality.”

Speaking on the newly-introduced CCE, he said: “I am not totally satisfied with the current CCE system. I believe that for it to be really successful, stress must be laid on implementing it right from Class 5.”

Agreeing that good teachers are needed to bring good results — the school got a 100% result in both board classes — he said teachers must be “tactful, conceptually sound and have good language and communication skills.”

‘Value for money’ is USP
Jaspal Kaur Public School was established in April 1987. Principal George Mathew says his school’s USP is “value for money”. He said,

“This is because, apart from academics, we ensure other facilities and infrastructure, and our fees are as per rules stipulated by the government.”

Mathew said his school has a trained yoga teacher, and yoga is one of the ways to keep his students motivated. He believes “if a child is not emotionally charged, he can’t get good results.”

The school, which scored 65 in terms of competence of teachers, holds an annual teachers’ seminar in collaboration with NCERT.

Mathew selects the teachers personally, as he has been given full freedom to use his discretion for the same. The school conducts regular teacher-assessment programmes, which are not faultfinding exercises, but rather fact-finding ones. “I do not use any formal method to correct any shortcoming in my teachers, except as a last resort. I prefer moral persuasion,” added Mathew.

The students are constantly engaged in creative and life enhancing pursuits, like community programmes, empowerment programmes etc., to sensitise them to the needs of others. In keeping with technology, the interesting part about the school’s website is the weekly assignments that are uploaded for the students’ convenience.

Constant evaluation
DAV Public School, Pushpanjali Enclave, principal Sneh Verma, whose school scored the second highest in terms of value for money in the north zone with 44 points, is particularly proud of the fact that her school provides “the latest technology, including smart boards, at a low fees.”

Verma, the school’s founding principal, lays the credit for the school’s 100% results in both board classes this year on her teachers.

“I screen the teachers personally, apart from a panel of experts who also scrutinise them. I believe that apart from having a good academic record, a teacher must also have a good personality,” she said.

Verma added, “We have the best board performance amongst all the 25 DAVs in Delhi.”

Verma said that even before the new CCE norms were introduced this year, her school had a system of constant evaluation. “Till Class 4, our children do not give exams,” said Verma.