KPES High School retained the IT School Crown

Beating its urban counterparts, KPES High School, Kayakkodi, a village school in Kozhikode, retained the coveted best IT school crown in the 10th State School IT Fest held at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram from 13th January, 2011 to 14th January, 2011.

The school team, which won the institution the prize in the information technology festival for the second consecutive year, contested in three events to bag 20 points.

T. Hafeeda of the 10th standard won the first prize with an ‘A’ Grade in IT project presentation. Migdad Nasar and Malik Nasar, brothers, won ‘A’ grades in Malayalam typing and web – page designing, respectively.

The school, known even earlier for its brilliance in IT, has been participating in the festival for the past six years. “We have been winning prizes in one event or the other,” its IT coordinator, K.T. Kunhammad, said.

A majority of the students in this school come from the lower economic stratum whose parents are farmers or farm workers. But that was never a hurdle for them to win the trophy.

Last year, the computer lab of the school was selected as the best among those in the schools in the State.

The school, which conducts a fair every year to encourage IT initiatives among students and the public, shows social commitment by taking up projects linking IT with causes such as environmental protection and free software.

Giving back to society

The students and the teachers know how effectively IT can be used for gaining academic excellence while helping society develop. “The general awareness of IT among students here is quite high,” said Mr. Kunhammad, who, along with K.P. Suresh, another teacher, is guiding the IT initiatives.

The first – prize – winning project at the fest had an environmental angle, dealing with the ecological impact of a rampantly growing aquatic weed in a lake near the school.

“We found certain reasons for the extensive growth of the weed, besides the consequence it had on the ecosystem, including the fall in the number of fishes and the reduced number of migratory birds in the lake,” Migdad Nasar said.

What is the secret behind the stunning success of the school in the IT field? “Our hard work and the dedication of our teachers,” Malik Nasar said.

The school, which imparts special training in IT for interested students during free hours, makes special effort to identify the flair of students in the field.

“We give personal attention to each and every student before selecting him / her for special training,” Mr. Kunhammad said. “And it pays off invariably.”

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