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Ex-students and well wishers want the lost glory of the school restored where learning and living with dignity prevail
A picture of the school hostel of boys with high-rise boundary wall with prison-like barbed-wire posted on the Facebook of Ex-Raists. It set a healthy debate about forced-discipline, learned-discipline and self-discipline.

A well-resourced residential school at Rai in Haryana was started in 1970s with a great fanfare to provide subsidised quality education at par with the lead public schools of the country. For the first ten years, as the school slowly and sensitively evolved, there was a great sense of belonging to the institution among students and enthusiasm among teachers as a professionals' collective. The turned out students who did very well and most of them joined defence forces and quite others other professions. They made a mark on the society and organizations they worked for.

After the golden period of the school, then came a turning point when the school started losing diversity among staff and students. During a conversation, one of the ex-students, from the first batch of the school, senior retired office from the Army, Rtd Col Narbir Singh said that when he had joined the school, he was impressed by the leadership of the principal and the team of the teachers who were hand-picked and brought to the school. There was great rapport in the school and it appeared like a home away from the home.

Once the school got the name and stabilized, vested interested took over the school, admission- coaching academies came up, appointments became partisan and earlier students who came from remote villages got replaced with students from a few towns which had the coaching centers. Many teachers left the school. Thereafter, there were hardly any principals but only part-time administrators at time with additional charge.

The breakdown in school management, passive classroom teaching, low-key inter-personal relationships led to a 'chaos' resulting in group conflicts. This resulted in 'enforcing ruthless control and confinement of students'. However, students started retaliations leading to prison inmates-like suspicious relationships.

Anyway, a healthy discussion has started which can be as taken as new opportunity to bring together all the stakeholders to reconstruct the school where good social relations and great learning environment prevails and optimum use of resources takes place.

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