Col Brown Cambridge School, Dehradun
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2018: first female student
In a break from tradition, Col Brown Cambridge School, an all-boys’ residential school in Dehradun, has admitted an 11-year-old girl whose own school refused to promote her from class 6 to 7 as her participation in a national music reality show — in which she performed exceptionally well, going right up to the finals — drastically hit her attendance.
One of the six finalists in a major competition that was recently beamed across the country, Shekinah Mukhiya won the hearts of her audience, but her school, St Thomas College, remained unmoved.
Helpless, Shekinah’s parents approached Col Brown, a prestigious academy established in 1926. The school authorities, in recognition of her talent, agreed to make an exception in her case.
‘Happy that I don’t have to repeat a class’
Shekinah will now be one of the students in the seventh grade at the institute when the new academic session begins on April 12 — the only girl in class and school, which counts former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh and actor Raj Kapoor among its alumni. Talking to TOI on Monday, Shekinah showed none of the nervousness associated with joining a new school. “I am just happy that I don’t have to repeat a class. I want to be a singer and I also want to complete my studies on time,” she said.
The youngster is confident that she would adjust well with her classmates since she has studied in a co-ed previously. But going to an all-boys school means that Shekinahwill also have to dress up like one. No more skirts for her.