Category Archives: Schooling

About schooling in Bangalore or India

Imagine

Imagine yourself as a 12 year old in school. Seeing this small image itself, gives me goosebumps. Imagine seeing this image on a large poster.

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Imagine hearing a story each about this poster from your Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Civics, History, Geography, Language teachers. The stories could have been about the technology, the science, the use, or even the impact of ISRO on our lives.

Imagine it’s impact on you. Positive hopefully.

This is what I suggested to ISRO. Use a HD photo, and create a poster. Work with Department of Science & Technology, teachers and Ministry of Education, and create those stories in all Indian languages. Show this poster to young kids all over India. Share those stories with young kids all over India – in or out of school. You never know what interest it could spark in the them – they are the future of India. Did not hear back from ISRO. They are busy doing what they do best – launching satellites. 😉

Hence, sharing with you, my gentle readers. Is this a useful idea? Is it implementable? Are you connected well enough to get someone to read this, and get it implemented?

I am  trying to a HD copy of this image. Print it as a poster. Share it with schools nearby.

Would it impact a young mind positively? Hopefully, yes! 🙂

PS: This idea is in the public domain. Nothing copyright about it at all.

PPS: Since I didn’t post this in Jan 2017, when I first created it, the world, and in particular, ISRO has moved ahead and have with the help of the TV and print media created significant awareness about themselves 🙂

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Girl child and CBSE affliated schools

If you are the parent of a single child, who is a girl, in class 6 or above, and is studying in a CBSE school, did you know that you are entitled to a full fees waiver?

Please see http://cbse.nic.in/cirgirl.doc

It also says that if you have two children, both of whom are girls, you may be  entitled to a 50% fees waiver for each child.  This seems to be optional.

Hmmm… is this only for Delhi?  Has it been implemented?  The ciruclar is from 2005, so it should have been implemented by now.  Does not seem to be … have not heard this from any parent so far in Bangalore.

…and I have two boys!  🙂  I suppose that the school would want us – the parents of boys, or parents of children boy/girl combination – to pay more to compensate for the “loss” of fees from the “girls”!  Can I afford that?  No way!

So questions:

1. Should this be implemented with a check on economic level of the parent(s)?  Will such a check-point imply one more corrupt practice in India?

2. Should CBSE compensate the schools?  Why ask for a report, if you do not plan to compensate them?  Should there be an upper limit on this compensation?

3. Does CBSE control/govern the school fees of it’s affliated schools?  As above, would such a check-point only result in more corruption?  (As you can see from my blog title… I am not too optimistic)

School fees hike in Bangalore for 2009-10

Schools are in the process of deciding the fees hike for 2009-10.    Maybe they have already decided.  Typically it is in the range of 5-10% per annum.  Some schools may be going in for a much larger hike – market value – as they would call it.

School fees – inclusive of tution fees, books, uniforms, transportation, and other ad-hoc expenses throughout the year – for one child may range from Rs. 40000/- to 80000/- in many of Bangalore’s elite, but not “International” schools.

I can understand the hikes in the context of an inflationary economy.  Another context could be competetiveness – you want to pay more to retain/attract teachers.  Given my understanding of the benefit of economies of scale, I would find it difficult to accept (not that the school would care for my opinion) that increases are required to manage growing costs due to a larger student population.

Many of us may find ourselves with zero salary hikes in 2009, if not salary cuts.  That is not bad by itself, if it provides job security. I am not sure whether this is the case across all industries/jobs in Bangalore.

Anecdote: I heard of a case where a parent asked a school principal whether they could cap the fees hike for 2009-10.  The principal called a sub-ordinate and asked him to issue a Transfer Certificate for their ward.  Arrogance?  Apathy? Any other adjective for such a behaviour?  I sincerely hope that this incident did not take place.

So:

1. What %age of our income should be spent on your child’s eductation?  5%, 10%, what?

2. What should one do if they lose their job?  School fees are an expense too, but is it the last one that one must look to curtail?

3. Should the State Govt. Education Dept. step in and issue dictats on the %age hikes that schools can charge in 2009-10?

4. Are schools justified with a behaviour – if you cant afford to pay, just take your kid out of school.