Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya (SAV), Bihar proved yet again that government schools are not inferior to private schools. This school has been consistently giving good results in the board exams right from its inception. This school has been offering gurukul style coaching. This school has produced toppers since 2015, the year in which the first batch of students appeared for secondary board examinations.
Apart from board exams, SAV students have also cracked various exams such as IIT-JEE, NEET, NDA, and NTSE. This year 16 out of 18 toppers in class X Bihar board examination are from the SAV.
Grooming these children in a residential school is not an easy task, says Rajiv Ranjan, principal of Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya. “It needs constant vigil and strict monitoring in order to discipline the students coming diverse background and economic setups.”
“We identify their strength as well as the weaknesses. Initially, most of them suffer from homesickness and need personal attention. Slowly we involve them in light reading, participation in games and sports that help them settle down,” he says.
“We need more such schools so that we can break the strangulating web of the private education system in our country. Our school is a standing example of how any school can excel. We aim to pave way for government-owned schools to recover its lost glory and change the perception,” says SAV principal.
“During academic hours they are taught in a complete formal set up in the classrooms. Students are also provided with the opportunities to learn by doing. Participation in curricular activities such as debate, extempore, science quiz, science exhibition, field survey, projects, cultural programmes is a must,” adds Rajiv Ranjan.
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“In order to develop efficiency in their answers and improve their writing skills students are also encouraged to prepare their own answers for all the subjects they study,” Rajiv Ranjan adds while talking to Education Times.
“Constant formal and informal guidance by teachers, group study, learning by doing, and preparing their answers themselves are as the success mantras of SAV students,” he adds.
The school is open for the domiciles of Bihar and students are admitted in class six. Admissions are offered through state level entrance test conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board, Patna (BSEB). There is a two-tier system of entrance test – Preliminary Test (PT) and Mains followed by mandatory health check-up.
Student of a government school or a government recognised private school not less than 10 years old nor should be more than 12 years old as on April of the admission year are eligible to apply.
Facilities and fee structure
The school authorities provide meals, clothing (both formal and casual), hostel facilities, stationaries and books everting to students. While the school does not have a specific fee structure, the student may pay depending on the parental income.