"Scrapping Common Entrance Test will not benefit Tamil medium school students"
Rural students lose out when it comes to qualifying for professional collegesEarmark 80 % quota for State board students of which 25 % should be for rural candidates
VILLUPURAM: Doing away with the common entrance test (CET) for admission to professional courses alone will not be beneficial to students passing out of the Tamil medium schools.
Since, their peers from the matriculation and Central Board of Secondary Education streams are cornering the majority of seats, the rural students are placed at a disadvantage.
The imbalance and inequity could be set right only when the government passes a legislation providing for 80 per cent reservation in professional colleges for the State Board students, and of which 25 per cent should be meant exclusively for the candidates from rural schools.
These views were expressed by academicians, representatives of social-minded organisations and parent-teacher associations, who gathered at Tindivanam under the auspices of the Town Education and People Development Committee.
The meeting passed a resolution stating that of the five lakh candidates who appear for the Plus Two examinations annually, four lakh are from Tamil medium schools, and the rest are from matriculation and residential schools at Namakkal and Rasipuram.
Statistics revealed that all the 993 candidates who scored 199 out of 200 in science subjects last year were from the matriculation and residential schools.
However, none of the candidates from the eight education districts - Gudalur, Aranthangi, Ariyalur, Musiri, Lalkudi, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Karaikkal - could make it to medical course. Such an anomaly could be set right only through reservation, it noted.
In another resolution, it urged the government to conduct public examination for Plus One also. Matriculation and residential schools were in the habit of skipping the Plus One syllabus and straightway taking up the Plus Two syllabus so as to equip the students to score high marks.
This practice was found to be detrimental to the interests of the students, because, without learning the fundamentals, they invariably find the college syllabus tough.
In another resolution, it noted that when there was shortage of teachers and infrastructure, indulging in populist measures would not help improve standard of education.
For instance, the government had incurred an expenditure of Rs. 112 crores on providing cycles to Plus Two students. The pragmatic approach would be to appoint adequate number of teachers by utilising the funds.
The practice of collecting special fees by the government-run and aided schools on various heads such as construction fees, computer fees etc., should be curbed.
In the deliberations chaired by M. Kandasamy, professors K. Santhosam and Kosimin Thilagar, former Education Secretary of Neyveli Lignite Corporation C. Duraikannu, K.M. Jawahar of Ambedkar Social Centre, Prabha Kalvimani of Irula Tribals Welfare Association, Dileepan of Dalit Panthers of India, M. Bhoopal of Dalit Youth Education Movement and others participated.