The Tamil Nadu School Education Department has commenced career guidance classes for Class 11 and 12 students in government schools.
The classes are designed in such a manner that students will be empowered to do a self-assessment. This, according to a senior department official, will help students to understand their negatives and positives.
The classes will be for 80 minutes duration a month and will help students to choose their careers and further higher education.
Talking to IANS. M. Aravindan, a teacher at a government school in Tiruchy said: “The School Education Department has already trained 3,600 teachers across 38 districts and we will be providing proper guidance to students according to the merits and demerits of each student.”
He said that the State Council for School Education and Training (SCERT) had trained 152 District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) teachers who have acted as the key resource persons for the project.
Saranya Babu, a Class 11 student at a government school in Adayar (Chennai) told IANS that “these are early days but the manner in which the teachers are communicating to us on careers is something new. We are now getting information on how open the world is and where all we can pursue higher education”.
She also said that she got first-hand knowledge of 7.5 per cent reservation in professional courses in Tamil Nadu including medical colleges for government school students from this career guidance programme.
The School Education Department has brought out a book that has included everything on careers.
The response has been overwhelming and we expect that poor government school students are benefitted,” School Education Department official K.R. Marimuthu told IANS.