India Schools : Sainik School, Kazhakuttom
The concept of the Sainik Schools, originated with Mr. Krishna Menon, who was the Defence Minister in the early sixties. Mr. Menon felt that a school with rudiments of a military way of life in each state could go a long way in building up an infra structure for intake into the National Defence Academy.
He was also of the view that such institutions would serve as an ideal alma mater for the hardy, intelligent sections of boys hailing from the rural areas of our country. On the national front such institutions would serve the purpose of correcting the regional imbalance in the officer cadre of the defence forces, as it existed then.
This school came into being on 26th January 1962.
It is situated 18 kms away from Trivandrum on the NH 47. The sprawling campus huddled far from the maddening crowd exceeds 300 acres in area and commands a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. The school has eleven dormitories. There are three houses for sub juniors, four houses for juniors and three for seniors.
The boys of each house are under the direct supervision of a House Master who is assisted by two attached Masters. The Matron takes care of the newly admitted boys in sub junior houses. Boys are given an opportunity to manage their own affairs under the guidance of their respective House Masters, through a prefect system.
Each house has one House captain and two Prefects who help their House Master in house administration.
With a view to inducting maximum number of students to the NDA from Sainik Schools, the curriculum from Class VI to XII has been formulated so that the students are given maximum opportunity for all round development.
The school follows the 10 + 2 pattern of education with emphasis laid on the science group of subjects of the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. Simultaneously boys are also prepared to take the Union Public Service Commission Examination (UPSE) for entry into the NDA.
The main subjects in the curriculum for the three stages of schooling in the school are:- At the senior secondary stage, the students are admitted only to the Science stream with a singular aim of competing in the UPSC Exam, for entry into NDA. Activities are also given their due place in the daily routine and important aspects like art, craft and health education are included in the regular academic programmes; Proper evaluation and grading in these subjects is endorsed in the Progress card. SUPW programmes have been given their due place to inculcate respect for dignity of labour and awareness to community needs in the school environment.
Boys in the age group of 10-11 years who have their education in vernacular medium are admitted. Therefore stress is laid on the teaching of English in the first two years (i.e.. IV and VII Standards) so that these boys acquire the ability to write as well as converse in English. A compact syllabus is framed in other subjects like Maths, and in languages like Hindi/ Malyalam/ Sanskrit and Social Studies. Introduction to science subjects and general awareness has been stressed to lay solid foundation for the secondary and senior secondary stages. In the IX and X Classes, the syllabus is adopted as per CBSE directions. Only Science stream is allowed and the admission in XI Class is restricted to those students who have scored 55% marks in Maths and Science in the AISS exam. conducted by the CBSE. English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught in XI and XII Classes.
Facilities for playing almost all major games and athletic events exist in the school campus. Participation in games for all boys is compulsory and one hour in the evening in the daily routine has been earmarked for this purpose. Kerala Sports Council provides coaches for major games and athletics to train the boys.
Extra Curricular Activities
For all round development and character building of the students the under mentioned co curricular and extra curricular activities are carried out throughout the academic session.
Almost 20 hobbies/clubs function in the school and every body is a member of at least one club.
- Essay Writing
- Extempore speech
- Light Music
- Educational Tours in the State and outside of the State.