The Public School Ethos

Preamble
The words ‘Public School’ have been taken from Britain and truly represent the real meaning of ‘Public School’ because, by their constitution, the members of the Indian Public Schools Conference do not discriminate in admissions on the basis of caste, creed, colour or race.

Aims
Public Schools subscribe to the philosophy that:

  • Children should be exposed to a general all-round education and emerge as good secular citizens of India.
  • Schools must develop the minds of the children and also their physique, their skills, their personality and leadership traits and create a sense of fellow feeling with their less fortunate brethren, if they are to be good citizens.
  • Schools should practice equality between all students in their school irrespective of financial status of parents and background.

Academics
These schools are affiliated to one of the two recognized All India systems of secondary education - the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations.
The medium of instruction is English. Hindi is compulsory till standard X and a third language is compulsory till standard VIII.

The academic year usually consists of two terms of four months each, a spring term and an autumn term.

The Schools take pride in the fact that their over all student: teacher ratio is around 15:1. Books and Stationery are supplied by the school usually within the fee.

Sports
PT and Games are compulsory and are supervised by qualified staff and coaches. Cricket, Hockey, Football and Athletics are played in their respective seasons. Most of the schools offer, in addition, a choice between Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Boxing, Swimming, Archery etc. With the exception of some specialized items, the cost of games equipment is included in the consolidated fee.

Co-curricular activities
Public Schools lay emphasis on all round education. To develop latent talents and skills, a variety of hobbies are offered and the choice of one per year made compulsory out of Photography, Art, Pottery, Sculpture, Carpentry, Metalwork, Electronics, Aero-modelling, Philately, etc.

In addition, to build talent and develop leadership abilities these schools are well organised in Debating, Dramatics, Music and have special interest Societies in disciplines such as Astronomy, Wildlife, Literary Affairs, History and Human Rights etc.

Each school endeavours to have its own student-run publications, newsletters and magazines.

The Prefect system and a strong adventure programme (mountain climbing, river swimming and other outward-bound activities) inculcate character and leadership.

Pupils are encouraged to compete against themselves in the programmes of the Royal Life Saving Society, St. John’s Ambulance Brigade and the International Award for Young People.

Good citizenship is inculcated by the actual practice of democracy in letting the students run all the activities. A care and concern for their fellow human beings and for the environment is created by a strong social service programme which includes working in the villages, going on disaster relief expeditions, working with the blind, deaf, dumb and mentally retarded, working on tree planting, gardening, compost pit making etc.

Health
The schools have their own hospitals with resident nurses; services of highly qualified consultants are arranged in the neighbourhood.

Fee
Since good education of the wide nature described above is not cheap and since most schools have no other source of income, the fees range from Rs. 60000.00 upwards per year, with a few extras (travel, uniform etc.). However, in true spirit of equality, most schools are able to offer part or full scholarships.

Admission
Admission is usually by Entrance Test and/or Interview, and is as fair as possible. Subject to certain reservations for alumni children. Children have to be registered with the school on payment of a non-refundable Registration Fee.

Sandeep Dutt
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