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General view of the Anglo-Vernacular School, Mavelikkara, Travancore

General view of the Anglo-Vernacular School, Mavelikkara, Travancore

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/46(4662)

Item number: 4662

Length: 10.9

Width: 18.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Anglo-Vernacular School at Mavelikkara at Travancore in Kerala from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. In India vernacular education (in the local language) was considered a special obligation for the Government from 1854 when it was declared a concern by the Court of Directors. The vernacular course covered both primary and secondary education and was carried out in many different types of establishment depending on the resources of the area. In Bombay, for example, the complete course of vernacular education was delivered at primary school. The Imperial Gazetteer of India states, "The type of primary school varies from the primitive pathshala or maktab to the modern institutions in which the pupils are educated in accordance with approved European methods. The Bombay local rates schools are in general better built, equipped, and managed than the Bengal indigenous institutions...There are three classes of secondary schools - the vernacular and English middle schools, and the high schools. The vernacular middle school course is a prolongation of the primary course, and completes the instruction of those who do not aspire to an English education. In most Provinces the course lasts for three years, and should be completed at about the age of thirteen."

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