Deepalaya students occupy top positions in Government School
While we knew all along that we were providing quality education to our students, we have got confirmation if that was ever needed. Four Deepalaya students occupy all the top four positions in the Government Senior Secondary School at Kalkaji in Class XI. Below we bring the stories of the ones placed first and second.
Komal who came first has 4 sisters (3 married) and 2 brothers. Her father is a mason and her mother a housewife. Both her parents are illiterate and the family lives below the poverty line. Due to ill health her father has stopped working. As the family finances are precarious, everyone at home works at home assembling 1000 pieces for a paltry sum of Rs. 60 for a mobile company.
Komal had her entire education starting from LKG to Class X at Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony. She is an all rounder who not only did well in academics but excelled in dance, music and drawing & painting. After completing Class X through NIOS, she joined the Government Senior Secondary School at Kalkaji in Class XI in vocational stream (Fashion Designing, Textile Science and Clothing Construction). She has come first in the class scoring 75%. The difficulties in life have made Komal determined to make it in life and she is intent on supporting her family.
Poonam who came second, is from Uttar Pradesh. Her father has studied till Class IX while her mother is illiterate. Poonam grew up among relatives and acquaintances whose view on girls’ education was that it was a waste of time. She however was lucky as her father had found a job in Delhi as a caretaker and had brought the family along with.
Poonam, the eldest, has a sister and two brothers, all going to school. Poonam did the entire schooling, from LKG to Class X at Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony. She joined the Government Senior Secondary School at Kalkaji and has successfully passed Class XI (Vocational Stream – Fashion Designing, Textile Science and Clothing Construction) with 74%. She has stood II among 30 students.
Her parents had not been very keen to educate her initially. The Parents Teachers’ Meeting held regularly at the Deepalaya School brought a change in their attitude. Now, Poonam wants to pursue fashion designing after XII class. She has turned confident and conducts home tuitions for 10 children thus supporting herself and her siblings.
There are certain features that are seen in the case of both the girls. First, the adversities they have faced in early life have only made them determined to make it in life and come up. Both look upon education as the vehicle of transformation. Second, they both feel the years they spent at Deepalaya really taught them a few things. While the teachers at Deepalaya paid individual attention to every child, the same could not be said of the government school. They feel it was the numerous opportunities for outings, and participations in competitions like dance, music, drawing, painting and theatre that brought out the best in them. Third, the opportunities for English speaking at Deepalaya helped to build their confidence in the language. Thus they attribute much of what they are today to the kind of school life they had at Deepalaya.