Don Bosco boys may rejoice

Published: Dec 16, 2012, 07:43 IST | Kranti Vibhute |

For the first time in the history of the Borivli school, girls and boys will take classes together as the management plans to implement a co-ed setup. A junior college is also on its way

Students of Don Bosco Borivli, which has been a boy’s school since 1971, will no longer feel awkward around girls when they enter co-ed colleges, thanks to the management’s move to turn the school into a co-ed setup in the next academic year in 2013.

This decision comes after innumerous meetings and discussions with parents teachers association, the alumni group of the school and the management trustees of the school.

The brainchild of principal Fr George Carlos and director William Falcao, the proposal was submitted to the head office at Matunga of Don Bosco early last month. “Fr Carlos had been toying with the idea of a co-ed setup for many years, and we decided to implement it when I took over three months ago. We are glad that our head office at Matunga has approved it. This will help many parents who have girls and boys studying in two different schools,” said Fr Falcao.

Now, the boys of Don Bosco Borivli will no longer have to don a wig and a girl’s attire during the annual function celebrations. “During any dance and drama, few of the boys would play the part of girls. This is likely to make them uncomfortable. Also, once our students go to college, there is a lot of awkwardness in the presence of girls, as they have hardly interacted with the opposite gender,” said Fr Carlos, adding that these are just a few of the many reasons.

The school will change to co-ed from Junior Kg from the next academic year. “We will also increase the number of divisions. We plan to open a junior college from the coming academic year,” added Carlos.

According to PB Subramanium, president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association, a meeting was conducted between the parents and the school’s management and the proposal to turn to a co-ed setup was laid out. “Many parents are happy that now they will not have to search for two different schools for their kids.”

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