SHILLONG, Jan 29: The much talked about Chief Minister's Career Guidance Programme took a step further in connecting to the students of the state in offering specialized coaching and supporting students particularly from disadvantaged and underprivileged children who are appearing for the SSLC examinations.
The district administration of West Garo Hills in partnership with William Initiative - a youth organization based in Tura, has declared that it shall be providing free coaching to school students and private students who shall be appearing in the SSLC examination this year under the flagship scheme.
The coaching shall be provided to the students of Tura Government Boys' Higher Secondary School, Dalu Government High School, Garobadha Higher Secondary School and Rongram Higher Secondary School aiming to coach the students of disadvantaged and underprivileged students on priority in subjects in which they face difficulty.
The students shall be offered coaching in Mathematics, English and Science.
In view of the poor performance of students in the SSLC examinations particularly in the rural areas, it was envisioned by Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma that outreach coaching modules and programs be organized under the Chief Minister Career Guidance programme to encourage rural students to get correct guidance and timely coaching in the crucial months leading to the SSLC examination.
The coaching has already commenced in two of the locations.
Teachers from reputed schools who are subject matter specialists and the best in their fields have already been selected to impart this training. The initiative is targeted to meet the needs of the private candidates especially who do not enjoy the benefits of classroom teaching and a conducive environment fostering teaching - learning.
It is also aimed at providing remedial coaching to the weak students who due to their economic conditions or family problems cannot optimally perform in the crucial examinations.
In each of the four centers 50-100 students are expected to benefit.
The initiative is aimed at reaching out particularly to the rural students who have lesser opportunities of quality teaching and particularly to cater to the interests of the students in government schools which are having vacancies and poor infrastructure which affects the academic environment.
The initiative has been warmly welcomed by the students and parents in difficult locations of the district who cannot come to Tura for any form of coaching due to their economic condition or other domestic problems.
Apart from the funding under Chief Minister's Career Guidance Scheme, resources have also been allocated under the Chief Minister's Youth Development Scheme of the state government for pre-matriculate coaching.