Kokkuvil Hindu College
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|Kokuvil Hindu College
கொக்குவில் இந்துக் கல்லூரி
|K.K.S. Road, Kokkuvil East
Kokkuvil, Jaffna District, Northern Province
|School type||Public provincial 1AB|
|Founder||Mr. Somaskanthar, Mr. Chelliah and Mr. Appakuddi|
|School district||Jaffna Education Zone|
|Authority||Northern Provincial Council|
During colonial times, Christianity had a great influence on people and education was in the hands of Missionaries. As English was the official language then, there were only English medium schools. In the year 1900, three dignified people had a desire to start a school in Kokuvil. They were teachers of Jaffna Hindu College namely Mr. Somaskanthar, Mr. Chelliah and Mr. Appakuddi. With the support of well-wishers, a school was begun in Appakuddi’s house. When students came from other villages to attend the school the number of students increased and the school was recognised as primary institution and Mr. Chelliah was appointed as the first Head Master by The Jaffna Hindu Board.
In 1926, Tamil divisions were extended up to grade 5 while the English division was upgraded to J.S.C and the school was promoted to "C" Grade. In 1939, the school status was upgraded to "B" Grade and for the first time, the inter-house athletic meet was held at the ground which was used for the railway station. Today the Technical College is situated there. The school flag was designed in white and red. A library too was formed. In 1966, school was promoted to super grade 1AB. In 1972 the KHC primary school was separated as a separate institution. Due to the civil war displacement, the college began to function in Thenmaradchi. In 1998, a computer lab was established with new facilities. In 2010, KHC celebrated its centenary year on a grant scale.
The colonial Government handed over the monopoly of education in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) to anglicized clergy-the three Protestant Christian missions: The Anglican mission, The American mission, the Wesleyan mission-and gave them financial assistance because its definitive policy was to convert the people of Ceylon to Christianity through education. But Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims were left out. Christopher Bonjean, a French missionary who was Bishop of Jaffna and later Bishop of Colombo, headed the agitation and strongly advocated a school system which permitted each religious denomination to open and conduct schools for its children with financial aid from the state.
So in 1865, a committee was appointed by the legislative council to enquire into and report on education. On a recommendation by this committee, the Govt. abolished the Protestant dominated Central School Commission set up in 1841 and, in its place, established in 1869, the Department of Public Instruction, which now exists as the Department of Education. The committee also laid down two principles regarding Education in the country: (1. that every religious denomination could open schools for its children (2. that Government Grants would be given impartially to all such schools that provided a sound secular education.
Kokuvil Hindu College was one of the many schools that came under this system; this is confirmed by the following extract taken from the Jaffna Hindu College magazine (vol. 11) of March 1912 No.1. Kokuvil Hindu English School Mr. E. Chelliah, the Head master of the Primary Department of Jaffna Hindu College, has taken in-charge of this school as its permanent Head master. The school is gaining popularity and strength under the able supervision of Mr. Chelliah. The manager has applied to the Dept. of Public Instruction for its registration as a Grant-in-aid institution. This system of education developed extensively in the country and lasted nearly a century until the State take-over of schools in 1960. Thus, the state on the one hand and the religious denomination on the other became partners in education.
Old Students' Associations
Kokkuvil Hindu College's Old Students' Associations are formed in number of countries and are very active. They contribute to the College's well-fare by raising fund organizing various programs.
Canadian Old Students' Association[KHC OSA (Canada)] has been functioning since 1994 and actively involve in organizing cultural and social events called Magudam every year. The members of the Students association work actively in promoting the school and taking care of its various needs of infrastructure and basic amenities.
UK OSA has sponsored more than 20 students up to 2007.
- Schools Basic Data as at 01.10.2010. Northern Provincial Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03.
- "Province - Northern" (PDF). Schools Having Bilingual Education Programme. Ministry of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03.
- Miranda, Sujitha (October 4, 2014). "Kokuvil Hindu striding towards outstanding success in every field". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
- "Kokuvil Hindu College:Historical Background". Kokuvil Hindu. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
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