"is seen in the minds of boys as being aspirational and being serious about their exam marks"
Clearly this Principal has completely forgotten his "after India" experience.
Often we have special needs students and they are very hard work. Over the years I've seen these kids come and go, they provide a massive challenge to schools. The parents can often be stressed, many times I have heard people judge these parents. I always pause and take a dose of reality, imagine being that parent, they have that special needs child forever. These people live with a massive dose of reality.