A blog is an effective medium of sharing experiences (on something) and has become one of the most commonly used reference checkpoints in today’s society. More and more literate people, before finalizing on decisions refer to blogs / posts, to assess correctness of their impending decision.
Keeping in view this fundamental requirement, I wish to share my first hand experience with CMR National Public School (CMRNPS) where my ward underwent schooling for one complete academic session (2011-2012) in Upper Kindergarten. Needless to mention, I have now pulled him out from CMRNPS.
1. First and foremost this school has an absurdly high Teacher: Student ratio. Especially in grades like Kindergarten and Preprimary, where kids undergo rapid mental evolution (being formative years) and where personalized attention is crucial – CMRNPS operates with a teacher student ratio of 1:40. Please don’t be misled by their Brochures – irrespective of tall claims, the reality remains that your little ones are huddled like flock of cattle, once inside school premises. Naturally therefore, if you expect that your son / daughter would be coached and groomed properly by teachers, then that would remain as a never fulfilled illusion.
2. Boring, non-innovative curriculum and outdated teaching techniques.
3. Unhygienic, shabby classrooms with substandard fittings and fixtures (please do not expect modern learning aids like Educomp and digital boards).
4. No co-curricular activities – the school has one concrete playground which also has a basketball & volleyball court. That is for the higher grades (Std I to Std XII). Imagine the plight of 1200 odd students who have to share one play area. For kindergarteners, all what this school has to offer is a dirty sandpit having few swings and slips. Under all possibilities, your little one would develop contact dermatitis (skin allergy), simply because of the compromised hygiene of children’s play area.
5. Untrained, arrogant (often abusive!!!) Class teachers: None of the teachers possess skillsets and patience levels necessary for handling kindergarten students. They are very rough when it comes to classroom interactions, often leading to classroom phobia in kids and given the fact that one teacher manages 40 odd kids on an average, they do their jobs without any energy or enthusiasm. Parents, there are few teachers in Upper Kindergarten whom you need to take special note of -- they are by all means capable of causing collateral damage to your little ones.
6. No first hand / real evidence of any connection with National Public School (Bangalore): This institution propagates that it’s a sister concern of NPS Bangalore. You would find mention of Mr Gopalakrishnan and Mrs Santhamma Gopalakrishnan in the school brochure, as being chief mentors. However during the one year that my ward was a student of CMRNPS, I have never seen any of these individuals participating in any school function / program – which obviously raise doubts regarding their real involvement. My conclusion therefore remains that CMRNPS is a completely different educational institution, with some kind of commercial linkage to National Public School, Bangalore. In other words, I have not found this school to be anything more than a namesake relation of the original National Public School.
That’s all I had to record about CMRNPS.
For parents, who are considering to admit their wards to this institution, request you to do thorough research before finalizing – else probably you would also walk the same way as me – finding a different school after completing one session!!!