The Directorate of Education (DoE) pulled up schools that undermine its directives. Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan is one of them. This school has had to re-schedule its nursery admission schedule till further notice from the DoE, after it received a notice from them. The sales of forms were earlier slated for December 1 to 15. Per DoE directive, no school is authorized to commence selling of forms or declare dates for selling of forms without clear direction from the DoE.
On November 10, Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan, had announced its nursery admission dates without waiting for DoE guidelines. VK Williams, principal of the school had said, "We are a minority unaided school, so we have the liberty to decide our own schedule. We have also informed the DoE and have not received any objection yet."
Per DoE, no school can announce any dates for admission process till the RTE guidelines are notified and also that all schools have to follow a common schedule. Non-compliance to the directive will lead to action to be taken against schools which do not comply.
On Tuesday (Nov 23rd) Williams said, "We have decided to postpone the process after we received communication from the DoE asking us to do the same to maintain uniformity." The statement, of course, sounds rather hypocritical given that Mr. Williams had claimed his liberty given the school’s minority and un-aided status to defend his school’s earlier non-compliance. It is rather amusing to see principals and proctors of these types of schools claim their minority status so often.
Technology is appearing in our lives and in schools in a big way. Many of us, who remain glued to computers for a large part of the day are slowly finding it difficult to wield a pen. The prolific use of calculators makes the memorization of tables, and ability to do calculations in the head somewhat redundant. A printed book might still be delightful to hold in your hands, but the movement towards electronic gadgets and media is undeniable.
A school that we visited in Dwarka (in Delhi) showed interest in going paperless in school and bringing in systems which can integrate the Kindle into the lives of their students. It is a different matter that they admitted that they don't really care for convenience of the students or related cost factor either.
My four year old spends time with her coloring books, and other story books but is definitely more comfortable playing games on her mother's cell phone. Her interest level (or span of attention) is non-electronic matter is somewhat limited. And she is clearly not an exception. It seems usually that the children adapt to technology much faster than their parents, but also get a little less active physically.
Here is the other potential problem. Intensive use of technology, from posting homework online, class notes getting emailed and students starting to lose the "old-world" skills will find themselves somewhat stymied by challenges that the board exams pose. The board exams are not yet online (and won't be for a long time).
Technology is here to stay and grow, but can we retain some of our innate skills?