Among the elite schools of Madhya Pradesh, the Daly College (DC) Indore is soon going to be converted back to a fully residential school. The main reason for the move appears to be an effort to wriggle out of the right to education (RTE) provisions.
Under the RTE, the Daly College currently has to take in underprivileged children, but once it becomes a fully residential school, it will be exempted from its provisions. The Daly College was earlier a fully residential school, but later became a day-cum-residential school.
“DC will soon become a complete residential school, like it was in the past before opening its gates for day-boarding admissions. The school, however, will take at least 15 years to become fully residential with day-scholars studying in all classes,” said Sumer Singh, principal.
When asked for the reason behind the change, Singh said, “Giving the school its previous form is one of the main reasons for us. At the same time, the RTE is also one of the causes.”
Regarding the RTE, Singh said, “There are some rules in RTE that affect the discipline and efficiency of a school. For instance, even if a child does not come to the school for the whole year, we still have to promote him. Discipline also gets affected at times since one of the rules also says that a teacher cannot punish any (RTE) student, even mentally, which leaves no room for discipline in school.”
Allaying worries of parents, DC is taking steps to make sure the transition back is painless.
“The junior-most classes (2 to 4) will be allowed to go home every weekend, giving them two complete nights to stay at their homes. The middle classes will be allowed the same but will have to report back by Sunday night. However, the senior-most classes will only be allowed to go home once a month. These points are being considered to keep both parents and students at ease,” Singh said.