New Director take helm of Indian Central School; to open new school in Abbasiya

IIK Staff Reporter
Sunday, October 13, 2019

*Took over Indian Central School this year June
*Set to open new Indian school from next academic year.

It has hardly been four months since the new owner has taken over the reputed Indian Central School in Kuwait, but the changes are visible within this short period of time. "We are trying hard to make the school a better place for the students and parents alike", said Mr K. O. Mathew, the Director of Indian Central School, Abbasiya.

K. O. Mathew, who is also the director of Al Essa group, which span its activities from medical equipment’s to engineering to travel and healthcare, took over the Indian Central School in June 2019. In a brief chat with IndiansinKuwait.com Mr K  O Mathew speaks about his vision to take the school to the next level.
 
The Dar Al-Salam Educational group completed the takeover of Indian Central School last June. The group is also opening a new school in Jleeb "Aspire Indian International School" in the close proximity of Indian Central School. The new school will be led by the prominent educationalist in Kuwait Mrs Anju Dheman, Mr Mathew said. The school will be functional from the coming academic year in April 2020.

K. O. Mathew is also the Director of Canadian Bilingual School, Khaitan and Creative Children International School (CCIS), Hawalli. CCIS is specially  for the slow learners and students with learning difficulties. With his vast experience of running and managing these schools in a professional way, the group had laid out its mission to transform the Indian Central School to a next level. "Education is the same whether it is for a Kuwaiti or an Indian or any other nationality. We don’t believe in segregating the education, But our experience in this field will help us to do lot of improvement in the Indian educational system in Kuwait", Mr Mathew said.

We are cultivating lot of ideas such as student exchange program where our Indian students can experience the Canadian system of education and vice versa. This will enrich our students. Kids can be exposed, they can interact with other community and start building friends early. After all, we all are same. “Think about our students from here helping the special need children at their facilities in Hawally, this will definitely build self confidence among the students...” Mr Mathew said. We can bring the best practices of both world. What works in the west can be brought here. What is best in the Indian education can be implemented in Canadian school system, he said.



“Indians by and large are very intuitive in nature where as in Canadian system everything is systematic. Even for the house keeping in school, we have policy and procedures in place. Implementing these policy and procedure in our Indian school will make a big difference to our people. These policy and procedures will help us to study and analyse the job of each individual and will help to improve things better”.

We are formulating many things for the students. Many student clubs are in pipeline which will definitely help the student’s overall growth. We are currently planning a robotic club in our school, Mr Mathew said.  

“For us listening to parents is very important. When a parent criticizes the school for something, you are getting a free consultation”, we have a lot to learn and improve from each criticism, he said while speaking about the issues related to parents community. This year before we took over this school, there was some resistance from the parents about the school book prices. This was before we took over this school. After we took over, the first thing I did was to analyse root cause of these resistance. This will help us to improve better. “Today I can see a long queue here when parents come to pay their fees, this makes me to think why don’t we make an online payment facility? We already started working on this,” Mr Mathew said.

A school should be competent with each other. We should be mindful of the cost to the parents. Same time, we are following all the ministry regulations and is very much compliance to that.

Our focus is also into making the students engage with the school, Mr Mathew said. We have a very good facility for sports. We have a strong team at our school. Under the leadership of Principal Shantha Maria, our teachers identifies which student always stays away from sports and physical activities, which student is never participating in community service, etc.  We will inspire them to take part in certain activities, which will identify and overcome the strengths and weakness in students.

We have a good student base and many ideas can be implemented, Mathew said.  Debating skills, communication skills, presentation skill, train the kids on various digital platform etc, we are planning as part of improving our academic performance. We also encourage our teachers to take extra classes here at the school itself. We have the facility and I believe all these clubs like science club, economic club etc will help the students to learn more in the after school hours and to make a difference, Mathew said

Currently the group owns Indian central school and Pakistan International School, both are nearby. With the opening of Aspire Indian International School and Aspire Bilingual school – both on the nearby location - Mr Mathew hopes that the group can do a lot in-between these four schools. “With the diverse nature of both students and teachers, we could think about some inter-school clubs to benefit the students of all our four schools in this area” Mr Mathew said.

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Krishnamoorthy
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Hi Deepak it is pathetic that school here are business houses. Shocking that UIS paid your spouse pittance of KD 160 for 10 years!!. I agree with you that teachers are paid peanuts and management expects them to move mountains. One of the leading premier school that works till 3 pm and even on Saturdays agreed to pay KD 225 to a my neighbour who went for an interview and after one week same teacher got 300 KD in another premier school that works till 1.15pm and she left. See how some exploits teachers today. Deepak, taking tution by good teachers is no crime as long as teacher does his or her job sincerely at school. School management fills their bank account has no business to stop these teachers. You pay peanuts you get monkeys Deepak.
Michael has a point in the sense the school he refers has teachers who don''t teach in school as they are not coming prepared to school as they are taking private tutition till late night and even wee hours and they come tired. He is right and you are also right. Let school management think if they are treating teachers well.

Krishnamoorthy

deepak
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
@Micheal let the school pays handsome salaries to stop them to give ,Can you get a teacher at kd 160 nowadays, for e,g my wife was United Indian school Hindi teacher she served for ten years her salary was 170. Even after teaching at meager salary they did not complain and as you say teachers are giving tuition not all of them but may be few because expenditures are gone up like rent and other household expenses so they dont have choice but to give tuition

Sriram Murthy
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
K O Mathew, can you have an open forum meeting with parents of your Indian Central School in which we don''t want the school staff including the principal to attend? A lot of things we want to share. Every good school has such open forum meetings held once a year and that will give management eye opening facts and there can be a control on the school administration. Best wishes to you sir.

Sriram

Sara Parveen
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
@ Elizabeth, for that Indian Central School Must teach like they do in other schools and complete the syllabus. Look at the number of days holidays they have and hardly had enough days to teach term I topics. That is why Simon is right in asking the director to improve academics and there should be close monitoring of all from the top to the bottom.

Sara

Elizabeth Rodrigues
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Request to keep exams like all other Private Indian schools in Kuwait. Example: Today i believe all Indian schools are done with exams, whereas Indian central school is still having exams till 21st October why is this? Is Indian Central School not a part of other Indian private schools in Kuwait. Why is it always that they begin exams at different dates?

Simon George
Monday, October 14, 2019
Too many schools In Jleeb Shyoukh also known as Abbasia is causing traffic congestion. With the university coming up it becoming worse day by day. The MoE must visit this area in the mornings and see the chaos. Ministry of Interior is requested to deploy police personnel and fine the rash driving locals and others. Life of so many kids are in danger leave alone elders.
Yes, the standard of education in the Indian Central School and the tuition mafia also needs to be looked into by Mr. Mathew. Academics is very poor as of now. Best wishes Mr. Mathew.


Simon

Michael
Monday, October 14, 2019
Please look at improving academic standards. Teachers are mainly focused on private tuition and not classroom teaching.

Michael

mohammed
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Respected Sir,
The resistance from Parents was not only for Book prices but for Uniform prices , frequent change of Uniform , Strict rule not to us...


Mathan Thomas
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Congratulations. A well devoted team of teachers will surely bring in results

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