According to a report in Guardian, seven years ago the school was in news for all the wrong reasons. In 2011, the school was 3.2 percentage points behind the national average in English. Now, 74% of the students enrolled have achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics which is 21% more than the national average.
This is certainly a welcome revelation and can be useful in India where the education system is more grade driven. Academic performance, in India, is measured mostly by the percentage or grades achieved by a student in exam and never really by the knowledge actually accumulated by students. Hence, while a student may be scoring the required grade average under pressure the actual amount of learning may be different.
A recent report by World Bank too had pointed out that while the number of students going to school had certainly increased, the number of students with a learning deficit was alarming. The learning deficit, the report said, was more apparent in case of students who came from disadvantaged communities.
Music can be a solution where learning deficits are more apparent among students. Regular music classes can not only provide an outlet to a student's prospective creative abilities but also help them learn skills such as communication, working in a team, and help improving concentration. Music can also work as a therapeutic channel for children who have a past of abuse or come from displaced communities and homes.
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