For parents of 37,309 students across Jharkhand’s different districts, Tuesday was nothing if not a historic day. It was the day the students sat for entrance tests to get enrolled in one of the 80 schools under the Chief Minister’s School of Excellence (SOE) programme, an initiative where government schools have been converted into CBSE model schools, which will impart English-medium education free of cost.
The competition, though, is set to be high, as only around a third of them will get a look-in.
For most of these parents, English medium education is a dream out of reach, and means. On Tuesday, thus, they waited eagerly as their children appeared in entrance tests held for admission in Classes I, VI and IX for 11,986 seats available across 24 districts. The results will be out on June 7.
Ruby Das, from East Singhbhum district, explained the rush, and the anxiety: “We don’t have the income to provide quality English-medium education to my daughter. She is very sharp and I thank the government that this scheme is giving people that right.”
Jharna Kachhap had his fingers crossed, hoping his daughter gets into one of the SOEs in Ranchi.
In Deoghar district, Govind Mandal said he sends son Anshuman to DAV Public School but the financial burden is “too much”.
Deoghar has got the maximum — 3,915 — applicants among the districts, followed by Palamu (3,344 applicants), Lohardaga (2,517), Chatra (2,352), Seraikela-Kharsawan (1,818), Giridih (1,693), East Singhbhum (1,638), Ramgarh (1,607), and Ranchi (1,554), among the top ones..Advertisement
Officials of the state Education Department said development of these schools was planned on the model of private schools to ensure children from the marginalised sections get quality education.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
“There are separate laboratories and libraries in each school — they will be equipped with uninterrupted power supply, proper lights, and a clean atmosphere,” an official said. “The classrooms will be equipped with smart board facilities… Earlier, lack of sanitation and lavatory facilities at schools meant the dropout rate of girls was high. To address this, the government has planned to equip all school premises with separate lavatory facilities for both girls and boys.”
The Education Department said the students will be prepared for spoken English and improving their reading ability. “A targeted class of book reading will be conducted for children. Textbooks, storybooks, articles, etc, will be used as reading material for students to practice pronunciation and improve their reading ability. A dedicated language lab will help them improve learning outcomes and it will also be used as a review mechanism tool,” another Education Department official said.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...Advertisement
The training of principals of these SOE institutions has been undertaken in two phases by the Azim Premji Foundation.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd