To give a fillip to the education sector, the government has decided to bestow an award on the best school in the state. Education Minister Abdu Rabb said that this is the first time such an award is being constituted and this would help create healthy competitive spirit among schools. He was speaking at the ‘Prathibha Sangamam’ held to distribute awards to the tenth and plus-two students who received A+ in all subjects in Kalamassery constituency on Friday.
The minister said that barring a few medical colleges and engineering colleges, the state lags behind when it comes to higher studies. “This government has initiated measures to rectify this. We have introduced a course for skill development known as the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP). When students complete their tenth or plus two, they would have a degree in skill development too,” he said. The minister said that the new courses would help reduce the number of under-employed in the state. Out of the 300 hours, students would spend 100 hours on communicative English and 80 hours on IT. This would help them forge ahead into different fields, he added.
Abdu Rabb said that 52 teachers were appointed to train students for entrance examinations. “The students would be given an ID and password to interact with teachers. This facility will be provided only to students of government schools,” he said. He said that coaching classes for entrance examinations will be telecast from 9.30 am to 10.30 am and from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm.
He said the government would provide all support to projects like Akshaya which ensures nutritious food to students. The minister handed over awards to 288 students who topped the tenth and plus two exams in the Kalamassery constituency.