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Coveted award eludes schools

City cradles once again missed the prestigious Dr JJ Irani Award for Excellence in Education, the function for which was held at Rabindra Bhavan on Friday.

Last year, the Baug-e-Jamsheed School had broken the jinx to win the coveted prize, but this time no institution managed to secure the pass score — 600 out of 1,000 — to stake claim under the Tata Steel Education Excellence Programme, which was launched over a decade ago.

The award system is based on the US Malcolm Baldrige Assessment System for academic standards.

A total of 32 schools participated in the assessment programme. While 18 cradles participated in regular assessment, the rest took the basic appraisal, which is a simpler evaluation for new schools.

The schools were assessed on the basis of criteria like leadership, strategic planning, student and parent focus, information and analysis, faculty and staff focus, process management and school performance results.

Dignitaries from Tata Steel who graced the occasion on Friday included former managing directors J.J. Irani and B. Muthuraman, besides incumbent T.V. Narendran.

This year, Kerala Samajam Model School and Tarapore School, Agrico, managed to score between 550 and 599 to receive plaques and certificates as recognition.

Baug-e-Jamsheed School, Kerala Samajam Model School and Gulmohur High School received the TCIL award for consistent performance in Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP).

Two cradles — Mrs KMPM Inter College and Kidzee Pearly Gates — received the Commendation for Commitment to Excellence in Education for acquiring between 350 and 399 marks.

Sant Nandlal Smriti Vidya Mandir, Ghatshila, Kerala Public School, NML, and Tarapur Vidya Mandir, Boisar, scored between 400 and 449.

Jamshedpur Public School, Narbheram Hansraj English School, Hill Top School, Kerala Public School, Burmamines, and Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya received recognition for the 450-499 mark.

“We conceived the quality programme about 20 years ago in Tata Steel and we did not know that it would reach this state; and that implementing it in schools would yield positive results. In fact, when we started it, the programme was meant for employees of the company,” Irani said.

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