Montfort School, Ashok Vihar, has climbed up from fourth position last year to the top of the rankings in the north zone this year.
The school’s principal, Brother Monachan KK, says the reason for his school to stand out from the others is because it doesn’t compromise on the quality of education. He also believes that a dedicated faculty and providing equal opportunity to every student is a vital part of a school’s mandate. Monachan believes that the educational qualifications of a teacher should not be the only criterion for recruitment, but that the teacher should also have a personality which will allow him/her to interact and understand the students. “We believe strongly in discipline and reforms in our school. And we are not a commercial organization; our aim is to provide education to the masses. That is why you will find that our students come from different socio-economic background. Every year, around 4,000 to 5,000 children apply for admission to my school and their families come from across social statuses. That is why our fees, too, are nominal.” Monachan is especially proud of his school’s basketball team, and says that apart from the school’s academic record – Montfort had a 100% and 98.05% result in the Class 10 and 12 board exams, respectively, this year – he would list the basketball team’s performance among the school’s high points this year. Perhaps this emphasis on sports is why the school scored a high 92 – substantially higher than all the other schools in the zone – in extra-curricular activities.
1. Montfort School
Location: Ashok Vihar, Phase-I
Fees for nursery first year: R24,000 (approx)
Year of establishment: 1970
Total number of students in school: 2,484