It will also enhance their competitive mindset

An innovative scheme, ‘Ullein Teacher’ (present teacher), has been introduced by the Education Department in government and aided schools in the district to increase attendance and competitive mindset of students.

Chief Educational Officer A.S. Radhakrishnan told The Hindu that the headmasters of all schools were advised to select students and the District Educational Officers to take charge of the selection process.

At each school, three eligible students would be selected in three divisions – classes VI, VII and VIII; classes IX and X; and classes XI and XII.

The eligible students should have cent per cent attendance in June and July. The final date for submission of names of eligible candidates to the DEOs of Nagercoil, Thuckalay and Kulzuthurai educational districts was August 4, he said.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said on August 7 the educational district-wise competitions would be conducted to select 15 students from each educational division, and the final list would be submitted to the CEO.

The 45 students to be selected in the revenue district would be tested on August 12, and five from each educational district would be selected.

On August 14, the CEO would present awards to the winners.

The students had to answer 65 questions in general knowledge, 20 questions in the history of Kanyakumari district and 65 questions on other subjects.

The exam would be conducted at Amala Convent Higher Secondary School (HSS) Thuckalay, L.M.S. Girls’ HSS, Marthandam, and KDVP Girls HSS, Kottar, said the CEO.

Each school in the district had its own specialities such as good result percentage, special infrastructure, specialised teachers, unique teaching methods, club activities, discipline, skills of the students, etc.

To extend this experiences and make the available resources common to other schools, ‘Booster Schools’ scheme had been conceived.

Under this scheme, schools of special merit would be called ‘Heart Schools’ and schools gaining experience from them would be called ‘Organ Schools’.

As a pilot project, this programme would be experimented in select schools in the three educational districts, Mr. Radhakrishnan added.

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