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Simplifying education

What comes to your mind when you think of a school principal? A stern expression, a touch-me-not attitude and a stick! We met a few uncoventional principals at the Annual PACE Principals' Meet on Wednesday who not only defy all the norms but are agents of change in the Indian education scene.

education Updated: Jul 09, 2010 19:39 IST
Parmita Uniyal

What comes to your mind when you think of a school principal? A stern expression, a touch-me-not attitude and a stick! Well we met a few uncoventional principals at the Annual PACE Principals' Meet on Wednesday who not only defy all the norms but are agents of change in the Indian education scene. Here're few of them:

Mr Scaria NO, Principal, Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan

'Small town becomes big'
People from rural background are making a difference. Prince group that performed at Annual PACE Principals' Meet have little education but they are gifted in their own sense. Even without expressing with words they conveyed a lot with their performance.

'Innovation in education still impossible dream'
People say that there should be reforms in education, but it won't happen unless people have enough to eat. A hungry man cannot think.

'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan is politicised'
How many politicians have travelled to rural areas to spread education? Everything they do have some political gain.

Spreading education
My school contributes towards educating the underpriviliged. Around 85 per cent of our students are coming from the familes with very less education. We believe in giving them quality education.

Sister Janet, Convent of Jesus and Mary

Educating rural India
We believe in spreading education across the country. Several of our branches are in remote villages of Chattisgarh, Mathura. We have adopted various villages in Baleshwar and have two balwadis (school for small children) there.

'Grading system will take time to catch up'
Grading system in board exams is a concept that will take time to catch up. It means regular work. Parents and children will have to work on it. On our end, we have chalked out programmes to implement it properly.

Brother Dominic, Mount Saint Mary's School

Counselling young minds
I'm fully involved with my students. We have career counsellors who guide children to choose the right path.

Passionate about children
I don't want to bombard students with technical jargons. I believe in making the concepts fun. I make it interesting for them. The fact that I am available to students 24x7 make me more approachable. Once a class one student came to me showing a small scratch in his finger saying that we need to change the bus as it's dangerous. I arranged the required medical aid for him. The fact that a child can come to his principal for a issue like that, makes it clear that there is no boundary between teachers and students in our school.

'Suggest us'
I have a suggestion box installed in my school. Every week, we take all the suggestions to a commitee, and solve them. It helps a great deal in communication process.

Nita Arora, Shree Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka

The happy vibe
My school is a happy place. I always believe in smiling and making everybody around me happy.

Making education interactive
Apart from regular knowledge, we invite views from students and make them part of a current event. For example, we invited students and teachers to choose a team they support in FIFA World Cup. We made a mascot. Students had their faces painted to support their favourite team. BBC.com even clicked pictures of our students for their website.

For healthy life
We have a health initiative called Orange Cross wherein information on correct eating habits, proper dietary schedule and food consumed is discussed.

Free feedback flow
Parents can complain about whatever issues they feel. And I apologise if there is problem from our end.