Since many students in government schools on the city’s periphery come from sections where conditions at home are not conducive to studies, the Education Department plans to open ‘evening study centres’ for them.
The centres will offer guidance and coaching to students in areas like Mauli Jagran, Kaimbwala, Behlana, Karsan, Hallomajra, Maloya Colony, Colony no 4, Sarangpur and Kajheri. For the convenience of students, the centres will be located in residential area. Coaching will be given free of cost.
The department has invited city-based non-governmental organisations to provide voluntary support for the project in a way that every study centre gets at least three teachers who could spend two hours daily from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Director of Public Instructions (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar said, “Our teachers have observed that students of periphery schools go back home just to keep their bags. They usually spend time in the grounds playing and roaming at the markets aimlessly when their parents are away at work.”
“Our aim is to make sure that students in periphery areas who cannot afford to take tuitions get guidance every day free of cost. They can come to the study centre, do their homework and clear doubts, if any. This is an initiative to keep these economically poor students engrossed at least for an hour,” he said.
The study centres will be started under small tents, with the facilities of light and water. Teachers in all periphery government schools will be asked to send lists of weak students so that sufficient number of voluntary teachers could be arranged.
Already, the Education Department runs 217 non-residential special training centres (NRSTCs) in 20 clusters for children in the age-group of 7 to 14 years, who were either never enrolled or they left the school before completing eight years of elementary education.
The NRSTCs provide worksheets and condensed courses, skill development training, excursion trips, rehabilitation counselling, free stationery, co-curricular activities and also teaching modules of English, Hindi, maths, environment science, health and hygiene. As many as 6,052 children study in these centres. Six of the NRSTCs are for orphans, single parents and street children at Snehalaya in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department.