UT education dept's extra coaching classes draw a blank
The UT Education department dream big. So they thought, when they planned to begin extra coaching classes for students from the underprivileged or economically weaker sections, but the 'plan' is still to see the light of day.chandigarh Updated: Apr 15, 2013 18:33 IST
The UT Education department dream big. So they thought, when they planned to begin extra coaching classes for students from the underprivileged or economically weaker sections, but the 'plan' is still to see the light of day.
According to students, the last class was held in 2006 and that too for a couple of days. Today many intelligent students who need extra attention continue to suffer without proper attention.
In early 2006 it had been decided by the department to start extra coaching classes in selected institutions for the economically weak and socially under privileged students of the 113 Government Model Senior Secondary Model High and High Schools of Chandigarh.
This move was directed at enhancing the academic potential of children lacking support at home to provide them better opportunity.
But, after eight years of making of big plans, students are yet to receive any coaching from schoolteachers, who do not give any extra coaching but incase there a student is facing any major problem, he or she is given extra coaching.
A teacher from Government Model High School, Sector 28, said, "It is impossible for us to stay back in school especially after increase in school hours and double shifts courtesy the Right to Education Act ."
Manojwho studiesat Government Model High School,Sector 26, says, "My brother studied in this school and he said that there were around 2-3 classes that were held for them but he is not sure whether they were extra classes or regular classes for completion of syllabus. We have never been taught anything extra apart from our regular school hours."
The action plan included extra coaching classes for the under privileged students of classes 9th, 10th 11th and 12th with 25 students per class, two hours daily for 100 days.
The second set of coaching was for competition classes for the under privileged students who might be appearing engineering or medical entrances and other such courses after 10th or 12th examination for 4 hours daily for 60 days and the third set included students appearing for PMT, AIEEE, CET, and integrated courses of law and other competitive examination after 12th.
The eligibility and criteria for identification of students was to be judgedon the basis of applications from the interested students and they would be called through the head of schools on the proforma to be prepared by the office of DPI(S) for this purpose.
The identification of the students was to be made by the DPI(S) on the basis of his/her economic, social back ground and academic performance in the lower examinations.
The department had also decided for the first instance two coaching centresat Government High School, Sector 23 and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33 or any other such institution as may be deemed fit.
"The faculty for this purpose was to be richly qualified and having professional experience for running such courses. For extra coaching classes for classes 9th to 12th the teaching staff of governmentschools were to be allowed on the payment of specific honorarium/remuneration approved by the competent authority, but where are the coaching classes?" asked an official from the department requesting anonymity.
The said official also informed that a sum of Rs. 200 to Rs.300 per hour was recommended for payment to the teaching faculty depending upon the number of period taken by each teacher/faculty members.
Priya, who is a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Behlana said, "I want to study in these classes as my parents cannot afford tuitions fees. I regularly request my school teachers to help me in various subjects. The teachers help us readily but the department needs to think and take action as students like us need extra attention."