Principal C. Radha Krishnan


Sree Gokulam Public School, Trivandrum
Birthday : 28 May
Place of Birth : Mumbai
Hometown : Thiruvananthapuram

The best thing about being a teacher:

A teacher is imparting knowledge that he/ she has. Enhancing skills for the overall development of an individual is highly regarded. High expectation and respect from the society will make you more responsible to inculcate value based education.

How did you feel on the first day being a school principal:

Felt more responsible and of course a little nervous, but could manage to adapt to the situation easily with the grace of God and experience.

Please describe the role you feel parents should play in the operation of the school.

Parental involvement is welcomed and recognised as being essential in developing a strong partnership between parents and the school.

Research has shown that children do better if their parents are involved in their education. Whatever that sphere of involvement may be, it is greatly appreciated and encouraged.

We have to believe that parents make an enormous difference to their child’s chances of success in school, at home and in their later life. Working in partnership with the child’s school can help them to succeed.\

First indications that the classroom is an effective learning place.

Of course, classroom has to be an effective learning place. Students are perceptive of changes to classroom environment, and may be more satisfied with courses taught in improved classrooms. The structuring of the learning environment is essential for teachers and students for effective teaching-learning procedures.

Vision of Special Education:

Every student is a unique creation of God and all cannot score 100 out of 100. Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is required for the Special Education Need (SEN) students. SEN students also have to be given a fair share of our education. For that SEN trained teachers are to be appointed in every school along with school counselors.

View on CCE:

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation has started with a good intention. But it didn’t span all classes from Kindergarten to Higher Secondary. Therefore, a lot of corrections in this area are planned by CBSE from the next academic year. As a result, OTBA and school based assessments will be discontinued from 2017-18 academic year, as per the latest circular from the CBSE.

It was meant to be a de-stressing mechanism whereby evaluation was to be continuous and comprehensive happening concurrently with learning, facilitating feedback and remediation in areas insufficiently learnt.

To make inclusion a reality:

Inclusion doesn’t mean only slow learners or students with learning disability. It also includes gifted and talented students. For inclusion, learning support programme has to be a part of the school curriculum. The counsellor, special educator, teachers and parents together have to draw up an individual education plan for the target students based upon their observations and results of the psycho-educational assessment administered by professionals. The school has to ensure that students receive the intervention and accommodation that they need. Student’s participation and performance in weekly and term exams act as indicators of progress. Student progress is also tracked based on their achievement of the ‘I CAN’ targets. The individual educational plan is then reviewed to set new goals. Shadow teacher facility also can be given if required.

View on E Learning Platform:

E Learning is an important and integral part of modern education. Technology has the power to transform education. It is essential to bring it into the classroom to empower learning. Visualising and not just listening to a topic will make teaching-learning process much more interesting and fun filled. In the fast-paced world of e-learning the available technologies are to be utilized to make a course new and exciting and course content updated quickly to give students the very latest information in the simplest way. E-Learning can make learning an enriching, enduring experience.

Qualities you seek in a new teacher:

A teacher should have sound subject knowledge with a mind ready to learn more. A good teacher has to be a good listener as well. Strong rapport with students, colleagues, parents and higher authorities of the institution has to be maintained. Good interpersonal skills are mandatory.

Advice that you want to give to new teachers:

  • Do not take teaching merely as a profession; take it as a passion and a mission.
  • Consistency has to be maintained throughout the career.
  • Be firm but friendly.
  • Sandwich a criticism.
  • Always remember that you are creating a society.

Your favourite book:

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

Best conference/ seminar you have attended on education:

Principals Training Programme organised by CBSE COE Kochi on 22, 23, 24 April 2016.