looking for a good school for cy has been harrowing. she was going to the sancta maria international school, in hyderabad. but after i got laid off, i didn’t wanna send her to a school that expensive.
[i was anyways losing faith; cy's grades, esp in math, had been dropping continuously since she joined this school. so much so that they did kinda accept that they had a teacher-problem at school and when cy and another kid (i think there were only about 7 kids in her class, about the only thing i really liked; apart from the lovely ex-princi who left pretty unceremoniously in the middle of everything) scored pretty low in math, and we protested, they agreed for a re-test. apparently they had hired a good teacher eventually.]
anyways, what’s been really disappointing is the fact that now they are not even giving me the transfer certificate for cy. as soon as i realized that i am not getting a decent enough job in hyd, and that maybe i didn’t wanna work at a 9-5 kinda place anymore, i communicated to the school that i will not be able to afford the school. i had already missed paying the fee for her first term. very sweetly they sent me an “invoice” of the dues (of one term; three months)…which i had just told them i am not in any position to pay, which is why i am taking her out. the amount of close to rs 1 lakh (for about three months) is a lot when i do not have a job, and have no plans of having one in the near future. all i have is some savings, that i need to save every paisa of now.
i did mail the director, mr reddy, that cyra might face difficulties in getting admission to a good school (one that i can afford) without a transfer certificate, but mr reddy, more of a businessman, than an educator, simply refused.
which is what has gone horribly wrong with most schools in Indian cities today. they are all business houses, making millions for the directors and “board-members”, not paying enough attention to an individual student’s needs for an overall, wholesome, healthy development. and all these “international” schools. charging ridiculous amounts of fees and they don’t even have a swimming pool.
i was going through another school’s website, rishi valley, and this is what i found on their website:
“New students to the school are chosen from an annual pool of applicants on the basis of character, talent, academic ability as well as parental background”
so the students they “reject” are maybe characterless, talent-less, and what they deem as academically-challenged and having not good-enough parents..??
i haven’t, honestly, found one school yet, that simply accepts a child, for being just that, a child, who needs a school. oh no, sorry, i did find one. :) that’s where cy is going now… :) their only basis for admission? that there is a child, who needs education. :) thank you God… :)