The Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), on Monday, began the bridge courses for slow learners of class IX in 179 Government schools here.

The RMSA State Project Director A. Sankar inaugurated the bridge course during a review meeting of five districts held in Coimbatore on Saturday. Two-hour special classes will be held for six days a day. The bridge course will be held for three months, according to RMSA officials.

Experts from private sector would conduct these classes. The participants will be identified by the respective school Headmasters and subject teachers. While last year, around 6,940 students took this bridge course, around 2,000 are expected to attend the course this year, officials said. The Director also reviewed the implementation of the project in Coimbatore, the Nilgiris, Namakkal, Tirupur and Erode.

The RMSA was a Central Government project launched in March 2009 to enhance the accessibility to secondary education and improve its quality.

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