Frequently Asked Questions
Here, some of the Frequently Asked Questions are addressed. Read through and let us know if have any other question that you like to be addressed.
What is KCShiksha?
KCshiksha is platform for digital learning in a unique model. ‘KC’ stands for Krishna Consciousness and ‘Shiksha’ means imparting education.
How is KCShiksha a blended school?
We are open to tying up with teachers locally near you who can provide offline experience for our syllabus. The syllabus will be conveyed to them and KCshiksha shall offer them dakshina for providing those courses. Thus we ensure that your child gets offline experience along with online access to a variety of teachers.
What is your model for online learning experience?
Personal attention to students, interactive sessions, personal assignments, group learning are few of our best practices that we employ in our pedagogy. The maximum number of students in a batch at KCShiksha is not more than 15. The class teachers known as Pradhan Acharyas, the Pracharya or the Principal and the Management team ensures all round support to the parents and the students. Our personal mentoship program is most unique to groom and carefully guide the students from one step to another.
How many students will be in an online class?
Number of students per batch is a maximum of 15.
Do you offer any type of recognized certification?
Certification for each year shall be jointly by Centre for Traditional Education and Gauranga Gurukulam upto 5th standard. We also offer an option of NIOS certification (Open Basic Education A, B, C levels, i.e., 3rd stand, 5th std and ) in association with Arivu institute from Mysore. For the 8th grade, 10th grade and 12th grade the certification will be through NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling). However, the board examination will be only in 10th. Others will be internal examination with assesment.
Can you explain more about 10th certification?
Under NIOS scheme, eligibility for 10th grade admission and examination is completion of age 14. We offer exclusive training from age 12 to 14 to children so that they can complete the 10th certification from NIOS with an examination centre near to your location.
What are the timings for the sessions?
The timings depends upon the age of the students. For Kaumara I, the timings are 1 hour between 9AM – 10AM and 10AM – 11AM. For Kaumara II, it is from 10AM to 11:30 AM. For Pauganda A,B and C batches, it is from 10 AM to 12 PM. For others it is from 9:15AM to 1PM. After every class there will be a break of 10 min and lunch break will be for one hour. On certain days Mridanga/ Kartal/ Flute, etc classes are conducted at 2:30PM IST.
How can students from other countries attend KCShiksha structured school? Do you have any provisions to suite different time zones?
To accommodate the international students, we recommend that the parents make the children go through the recordings and practice as told. Also, the teachers will send short recordings to practice, while students also share their recordings of learning. Further, weekly LIVE interactions at mutually convenient time will be scheduled for each teacher for clarifications.
Having said that, if we have around 10 students from EST or any particular time zone in a batch, we could comfortably start a batch with time convenient to your time zone.
We are not resident in India. Can my child be part of KCShiksha?
Since KCshiksha is online model, the programs of KCShiksha can be accessed worldwide.
How old is KCShiksha institution?
KCshiksha is an effor to Centre for Traditional Education which is working in the field of education since 2013. We are now offering our educational services under KCShiksha from 2021 to address the need of the worldwide community.
Can we replace a regular school with KCShiksha?
Yes, with the option of ‘Structured school’ in KCShiksha, a normal brick & mortar school can be replaced by KCShiksha.
My child is admitted to a regular school. Can we still take advantage of KCShiksha courses?
Yes, with the option of ‘After school’ in KCShiksha, can be availed to augment with KCShiksha programs.
What is homeschooling? What role can KCShiksha's play in homeschooling my child?
Homeschooling is a broad term used to denote alternative schooling systems, especially the one where a child does not attend a regular conventional brick & mortar school for 3 to 6 hours a day. Rather, homeschooling is to pick and choose the courses and the parents take the responsibility of the education of their child. KCShiksha is offering structured school and after-school programs to help and support homeschooling parents. It will your perfect partner when it comes to homeschooling needs. Check the webpages and interact with us for more details.
Are there any pre-requisites for KCShiksha school?
To get the best experience at KCShiksha, a study area should be designated for the student to attend the classes. A student can sit on the floor on a mat with a writing desk/rut or on a chair with a study table comfortably. In any case, the camera must be positioned in such a way that it is face to face. We recommend a laptop or desktop for a better experience.
Do we get Transfer Certificate if we want to discontinue?
Transfer Certificate to join the KCShiksha structured school is required if any previous schooling is done in order to obtain a transfer certificate in future from KCShiksha. Currently, we are issuing Transfer certificate with the help of Gauranga Gurukulam with whom we are patnered with.
I am concerned about screen time. Children will be exposed to mobile or computer screen for a long time with online sessions. What is right?
Your concern is well-placed. Screen time is to be highly monitored and controlled by parents. Especially for kids below age 5 it is more crucial. We strongly recommend that parents should be monitoring closely the access, the use, the duration and the purpose for use of screen. This discrimination and cautious supervision is utmost expected from the parents. We address this issue in much more detail in our Orientation Program for the parents.
How do you choose the faculty at KCShiksha?
Krsna consciousness is our primary focus in choosing the faculty. In some subjects where we need support from faculties , we do take their teaching support but ensure they are favourable to Krsna consciousness and Vaisnava culture.
What is your system of evaluation at KCShiksha?
At KCShiksha we evaluate in three ways:
1. Teacher-student evaluation
2. Student – parent/ gaurdian evaluation
3. Self evaluation
How will my child strike relationship with the teacher and other students online?
We will be pleasantly surprised that children do adopt to the online environment much faster than we think. They do strike relationships with the teachers as well as other students quickly. At KCShiksha, we have KCShiskha Clubs such as Kirtan clubs, Goseva club, Role-play clubs, etc to ensure that such relationships are struck. Please check out the page on Structured school.
Will my child be able to earn livelihood and live with KCShiksha education system?
At KCShiksha, apart from training & ensuring that they obtain 10th certification, we train students in various life-skills and arts. Most importantly Krsna consciousness training will ensure that they understand the goal and purpose of life. This will certainly make them confident and prepared to live life.
Will the classes be recorded?
Yes, all the classes will be recorded. But in order to access one has to be a licensed user with MSTeams. We collect a fee of Rs2500 for providing licensed usership after which one can access the recorded sessions.
Can we pay the fees monthly or in installment?
Since at KCShiksha we are not collecting any deposit, the policy is to collect the lakshmi upfront. We want to ensure complete commitment of the students for the whole course. However, due to financial reasons, if one is not able to provide fully, then we do have Half-yearly as well as Quarterly instalment options.
Our ancient Gurukul and Vedic Education were free. Only guru dakshina were taken. Why then so much fees for KC school?
Without wanting to turn this into a debate, we would like to make few submissions.
1. Dakshina is a must. Without dakshina, “adakshinam yajnam tamasam” education, which is a yajna, is not fruitful.
2. Dakshina is decided by the Guru. “acarayaya priyam dhamaahrtya”. But sastra indicates that the Guru should not hanker for it nor should ask for adharma or unrighteous activities.
3. A brahmana’s service is to carry on the duty of teaching. Accepting a student, making them qualified, and then taking Dakshina from them is prescribed duty.
However, for their ongoing expenditures, donations would come forth from the community and also the state (King/administrators, etc).
A brahmana does not worry about it and students also live menially.
However, the conflict with the present situation is to constantly seek donations to run the operating costs such as equipment, App, softwares, websites, etc., apart from the dakshina to the teachers to maintain their basic needs.
If we do not have the present system, we shall have to maintain a separate department to seek donations and all the time look for prospective donors and treat everyone as a prospective donor. Most of the temples have a separate fundraising team/department.
If we do that, then we will be distracted from our primary focus of teaching.
4. Traditionally, dakshina is always asked by the Guru, at the end of the education. Not upfront. But, also in tradition, an upfront offering is given to start the education of the child.
*It should be noted that education is invaluable.* No amount of dakshina can actually fulfill the Krsna consciousness that is imparted by a teacher.
The lakshmi that is collected, is to meet the operating costs and not for profit.
5. The dakshina that we are seeking is true to the needs and not exaggerated. Kindly note that we admit not more than 15 students in a class to maintain personal attention.
6. If you want to seek a scholarship, you may kindly contact us and apply for it.