Welcome to the Independence Day celebrations in the premises of Kadathanad Raja’s High School (KRHS), Purameri, Malabar District, Madras State.Today is August 15, 1957. I’m a student in Vth Form (Standard IX) here. I’ll appear for SSLC Examination next academic year, 1958-59.This school has a beautiful premise, well-furnished classrooms, a well-equipped Lab, a good Library with a full-time Librarian and an attendant, a large football court, an excellently maintained garden and a dedicated team of teachers and staff.Perhaps, the NewGen debating the NEP (New Education Policy) should send an expert team to find out how KRHS was managed and administered during the 1950s.In 1957, most of the teachers in KRHS were identified by the work they handled. Thus, Headmaster, Hindi Pundit, Sanskrit and Malayalam Munshis, Drill Master, Drawing Master, Library Thampuran (maybe because he didn’t teach!) and so on.A lot of preparations preceded and some residual activities followed the Independence Day celebrations in schools in Malabar area those days.School premises and classrooms are cleaned up well in advance of the Independence Day. Gardens are trimmed and beautified by the students affiliated to KRHS Social Service League. Auxiliary Cadet Corps (ACC) cadets do their rehearsals a week in advance for the Independence Day Parade where the Headmaster would receive Salute and a Guest will hoist the National Flag.On Independence Day, we can participate or go round a Science Exhibition in and around the School Lab.Main participative event for all students is a Classroom Decoration Competition on August 15. Each student brings a photograph, showcase items, flowers and flowerpots from home in the morning and a team of students decided their placement and completed the decoration by noon. Around 12 noon, a team of teachers will visit each classroom and finalize the prize-winning classes. The competition used to be of a high level and even a third prize was worth aspiring for. However, I do not remember any occasion during my period in KRHS, when any student or class teacher felt the judgment of the expert team of teachers went against them or the decision was questioned.