Sunita Massey, Jankidevi Public School, Mumbai

Situated in Mumbai, Jankidevi is a co-education school. The school is affiliated to the ICSE board and also follows the IGCSE curriculum.

Ms. Sunita Massey, the principal of the school, has been associated as a teacher since its inception in 1999. In 2004, she became the supervisor of primary section, in 2008 supervisor of secondary section and in 2013, she became the Vice Principal of the school.
The mission of the school is to provide education to students thereby creating an international minded sensitized student community. Ms. Sunita said, “Our school is an activity oriented school wherein we give most of the activities within the frame work of the timetable we provide to the students. We emphasise on skill development rather than rote learning so that children meet the global education.”
Sharing her experiences about the school Ms. Sunita said, “The school is one of its kind I must say. In those days there were no schools infrastructure-wise or teacher-wise in nearby vicinity or in Mumbai. In our school the management is always enthusiastic and are always upgraded to the system. We provide learning to students using interactive boards which were not introduced in many schools when we started. Teachers are sent to different workshops conducted by the ICSE council and private agencies.”

When asked to elaborate on the activities at school, Ms. Sunita said. “We have cultural as well as sports activities. Cultural activities include Western and Indian classical dances, instrumental music like guitar, Casio and keyboard. Sport activities are like Lawn tennis, table tennis, carom, chess and martial arts.
“The school has started Cricket–Australia program recently where renowned coaches from the association provide cricket coaching to students over the weekend. Students participate in state and district level matches and also take part in debate, elocution, etc.

School days then and now
Ms. Sunita was asked to share her thoughts on her schools days then and how things have changed now. She mentioned, “I wish computer would have been a subject in our school. The kind of education and upbringing we got from our school was amazing. The school was following the culture of missionary. We have received very good moral and value education. We should inculcate those habits.”
There is an impression that in India there is lot of bookish knowledge instead of practical. Ms. Sunita shared her opinion, “Yes of course this is the case but I feel bookish knowledge is important. If they don’t study they will not get marks. Our Indian youth is very knowledgeable. They are well aware about the society and the problems prevailing in India. They are very opinionated about it.”
In many parts of the world, teaching is considered a profession as the last resort and is considered best for women. Ms Sunita said, “This is a myth not a fact. The challenges are immense in the teaching line. You have to be very good in your subject, content wise and skill wise. You have to be very tactful in dealing with parents, students and management. Gone are the days when people used to say teaching is a field for average or below average people.”

Prominent alumni names
Bollywood celebrities – Arjun Kapoor, Sooraj Pancholi and Sasha Agha.

Safety Measures
The school has installed CCTV cameras, metal detectors and everyone is required to make an entry in the school registry. Children’s activities are recorded and monitored. Food is prepared in the canteen under hygienic condition and students are provided purified water. Water is sent for testing in the lab three times a year. There is also a food committee comprising teachers and parents.
The school has appointed counsellors for emotional and behavioural problems of students. There is a doctor on-call and a nurse during school hours for monitoring children’s health. The doctor arranges workshops for topics like unhealthy habits, smoking, drug addictions, etc. For academic growth of students Ms. Sunita said,” We have a school committee who monitor their results from time to time. We also conduct remedial classes for all children after school hours.”

IT tools
The school uses interactive boards and uses teach-next program.

Jankidevi is ranked 7th in Mumbai and is ranked number 3 zone-wise according to a survey conducted by TOI.

Contact Details
Address: Jankidevi Public School Road
Four Bungalows
Andheri West
Mumbai – 400053
Phone: (22) – 26369845,26334756