Dinanath Chatterjee Kindergarten School (DNC KG School) was set up in 1984 with a handful of students and a few local women as teachers. Since then with a lot of thinking and effort from the part of both the staff and management, the School has established a sound reputation.
The primary aim of the School is to provide quality education to children of all backgrounds. In 2006, the Trust (JCMECT) was established to oversee the work of the School. The work of the Trust was expanded to other areas of social issues as well (see ‘About the Trust’)
How is the School Run?
The structure of DNC KG School is as following:
The School runs in two shifts – Morning and Day, between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 pm (the Morning session runs from 6:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m., the Day session runs from 11:10 a.m. to 3:30 pm)
There are seven classes in each shift – Nursery, KG I & II and Classes I to IV
Children of ages three to nine years come here to study. In the 2015 academic session, more than 570 students have enrolled in the School. The number of children rises every year
The number of staff members (both teaching and non-teaching), in the school year 2015, is about 45
The School is run by the Trustees of JCMECT, who have appointed an overall in-charge (who is also the Joint Secretary of the Trust) and two Headmistresses of the Morning and Day shifts
The Social Angle
DNC KG School is in a Panchayat area in Bally in Howrah district of West Bengal. Given the aim of the School is making quality education accessible to all, school annual and tuition fees are kept low so that the School is accessible to most families of the area. The locality consists mainly of lower-middle and lower-income families. Special attention is paid to children who are lagging behind.
Additional help is provided to children who belong to families that are unable to bear full costs of their education. Each year the past 30 years, between 15% and 20% of students have studied at either zero or a fraction of fees in DNC KG School.
The Trust (JCMECT) also buys text and exercise books, arranges for free tutors to students who require extra attention and provides scholarships to existing and ex-students of the School.
Further, the Trust makes an attempt, where necessary, to counsel children and their families on their future educational endeavours. Parents and guardians of many of our kids are unable to provide any kind of guidance for various reasons (e.g. lack of education, awareness, hectic schedules etc).
Beyond school hours, some staff members of the School tutor poorer students free of cost. JCMECT often compensates such staff members for their commendable efforts.
Most children of the school come from lower-middle income, lower income and poor families. As we mentioned earlier, a number of students studying in the School receive support from the Trust depending on their economic status and a child’s potential. A parent or a guardian of a child usually applies for such support from us.
The statistics for the past three years of DNC KG School children, who studied for free or at concessional fees is as following:
in 2011, out of 470 students, 70
in 2012, out of 463 students, 60
in 2013, out of 480 students, 60
in 2014, out of 540 students, 65
in 2015, out of 570 students, 62
The Trust also provide scholarships and other forms of monetary and non-monetary support to many children, who need such support. Without such support many such children could not have progressed in their studies.
A number of our ex-students are now well placed in life – a few of them with our direct support. We are proud of this. We also take pride that despite limited means we have managed to subsidise and provide monetary and
moral support for the education of children who need our help.
The Trust cross-subsidises our students. The staff members are majority women and daughters of the locality. Therefore we give back to the community what we receive from them. We are happy that we have received moral support from many kind individuals in our endeavor for the past more than 30 years.