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‘Ill-prepared’ girls welcome Bedi in rural school

The girl students of Class XII in a rural higher secondary school were ill-prepared to pass examination in some subjects, foundLieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, after making a surprise visit to Kasturib

Published: 23rd August 2017 01:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2017 06:52 AM   |  A+A-

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi during her visit to Kasturibai Government Girls Higher Secondary School at Bahoor in Puducherry on Tuesday | Express

By Express News Service

PUDUCHERRY: The girl students of Class XII in a rural higher secondary school were ill-prepared to pass examination in some subjects, foundLieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, after making a surprise visit to Kasturibai Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Bahour. Bedi added that this would affect their higher studies.

While interacting with the girls, she asked a few questions such as what would they like to do after Plus Two. On receiving their written response, she found that most of the girls wanted to pursue MBBS or nursing. However, they were unable to even write this correctly in English. Bedi said that this would restrain them from succeeding amd mar their self-confidence.

“We pass them in schools, but when they go to a university, this lack of knowledge would restrain them from succeeding,” she said and directed the teachers to hold supplementary classes to the girls to improve their academic skills.

“The quality of education needs a major revamp. Otherwise, the number of literate unemployed would go up. It is a matter of grave concern,” she said. Addressing the girls, Bedi encouraged them to focus on learning additional skills including computer that would enable them to get jobs and be self-reliant.
“Take a year off after school and study hard to prepare for the entrance exams to professional courses,” she said.

Bedi also observed that the school premises including the playground were not maintained properly and asked the vice-principal to carry out a shramdaan to clean the premises.
Further, on noticing the school’s flagpole without the national flag, Bedi asked the school authorities to hoist the flag every morning and to make the students sing the national anthem during the morning assembly. Bedi said that she would continue her surprise visits as this would enable better delivery of public services.

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