In a press release clarifying recent developments at Indian Community School Kuwait (ICSK), the school’s Senior Administrator and Principal Dr. V. Binumon draws attention of the Indian diaspora in Kuwait to the measures being taken to serve the community through diligent governance and thereby provide quality education to the students.
With rising concerns and rumors circulating around the Indian Community School Kuwait (ICSK), the sponsor had dismissed the previous Board earlier this year. The foremost objective was to safeguard the interests of the students of the Indian community and to ensure that they are provided with high quality education and facilities. In this regard, the sponsor ordered an audit enquiry and constituted a Board of Trustees with five Indian board members — Shaikh Abdul Rahman (Chairman), Vinukumar Nair (Vice Chairman), A. Amer Mohammed (Secretary), Agnelo A. S. Fernandes (Joint Secretary) and S. N. Raju (Treasurer).
The new Board is committed to support the school to reach greater heights. The Principals of all the four branches of ICSK – Senior, Junior, Amman and Khaitan have been entrusted with administrative powers for effective functioning. Principal of ICSK Senior Dr. V. Binumon has been appointed as the Senior Administrator of ICSK. He has been entrusted with the overall responsibility of administration pertaining to all the four schools thus leading to better management. This, in turn, is expected to uplift the quality of education at ICSK.
The fund of KD2.5 million, present in the school’s account, has been set aside for providing the teachers with their indemnity, settlement of school commitments and for the development of the school. Auditing is being conducted by a reputed audit firm and the report will be made available to the public.
The present Board has been instrumental in making several changes to uplift the school. The cost of the uniform is reduced by 10 percent and the cleaning contract is reduced by 8 percent. The present Board played a pivotal role in negotiating interest rates on the deposits held in banks which will increase the interest income by around KD27,000 annually.
For the first time in recent years, free scholarship was distributed to all the 85 financially weak applicants within a short period of their applying. Sports scholarship was also awarded to the suitable candidates. Honorarium to teachers for excellent class XII CBSE result 2015-16 was also awarded before the end of academic term.
Highly capable and experienced Ravi Ayanoli has been appointed as the Vice-Principal of ICSK Khaitan, a position that was pending for more than one academic year. Mrs. C. Sheeja has been appointed as the Vice-Principal of ICSK Junior to fill the vacancy that will arise with the retirement of the existing Vice-Principal. Both Vice-Principals come from DPS Kuwait and bring vast experience with them. Further, Deepak Kumar Seth who has just retired from Indian Embassy after serving the community for 34 years has been appointed as HR and Admin officer of the School.
This year, the maintenance work of the school, including the civil work, commenced immediately in the summer holidays and has been completed successfully. IT infrastructure is under review and is being modernized. Additionally, a plan has been structured to upgrade the libraries of all four branches of the school.
ICSK is the only CBSE School in Kuwait to provide National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) scheme of studies. Under the NIOS system, students can opt for any combination of subjects as per their abilities. Commendably, ICSK is the only NIOS center in Kuwait that is authorized to offer a choice of Science subjects to the students. Plans are also underway to introduce regular BBA and B.Com courses from reputed and recognized Indian Universities. Classes will be held in the afternoon and this will be a great advantage to girl students and working members of Indian community.
The results of the Senior Secondary and Secondary Board examinations, conducted by the CBSE, were exemplary. All the students from the school made their alma mater proud by securing First Class results. This is the first time in the Middle East that such a large number of students have secured a First Class result from a school in the All India Senior Secondary Examination conducted by CBSE.
Dr. V. Binumon
Senior Administrator and Principal
Indian Community School Kuwait