2.3 School Environment (Common Principles)

1. Principle of Adequacy

The school plan must provide for all the necessary facilities for curricular and co-curricular activities.

2. Principle of Safety

The building must be planned in strict conformity with hygiene laws. Full attention must be given to site, soil, ventilation, light and other allied problems. The school plant must be able to protect the health of the students and teachers.

3. Principle of Durability

As far as possible, the building must be sound. It should have cemented floors and strong roof.

4. Principle of Economy

The school plant should be economical in original cost, upkeep and operation. Economy can be affected by the adoption of a standard classroom unit.

5. Principle of Accessibility

The school should be built at a place which is easily accessible to the students and free from road dangers.

6. Principle of Mobility

The question of easy movement, particularly in large schools on more than one storey is important.

7. Principle of Flexibility

There should be no rigidity in the design and use of the plant. Scope must be left for modifications in accordance with the needs.

8. Principle of Simplicity

The design of the building should be simple but artistic.

9. Principle of Comprehensiveness

A comprehensive vision is necessary in which function, form and space are so harmonized that the soil from which the synthesis grows, will be enriched by such a pattern.

10. Principle of Utility

It must give the maximum utility to the students as regards accommodation, protection from weather, maximum light and ventilation, free movement and comfortable stay in rooms for longer hours.

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