Olcott Memorial School
May 02, 2012 11:39 AM
As we all are aware of the discussions about Krishnamurti School vacating
Damodar Gardens to make room for expansion of Olcott Memorial School.
Tuition at K School is very expensive and hence only fat cats can afford to
send their kids. So the decision of TS to make them move is the right thing
I just read the statement of Olcott when he started the school for
panchamas or untouchables.
'He founded schools for the outcastes in South India. Colonel Olcott
stipulated that no school
fees should be charged; that the school hours were to be convenient for the
occupations of the
domestic servants and others who might seek education; that no Christian or
was to be permitted; Tamil (reading, writing and correct spelling) as well
as arithmetic, English
speaking and Hindustani speaking were to be taught.'
I also want to point out his emphasis on Hindustani. Today it is the most
widely used language across India and ability to use it is invaluable.
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