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PROJECT FOR CLASS IX STUDENTS TO HELP CURB DROPOUT RATE

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Trichy: From next year onwards, students of Class IX in government schools will have an additional project as part of their academics. Unlike the conventional classroom education that often haunts many, even creating dropouts in many cases, this project will give them the liberty to choose a topic of their interest.

They will be allowed to make field visits, interact with people and think about finding solutions to problems they find around them, something which was not part of their academic activity so far. Named Impart, the project-based learning is aimed at encouraging students’ participation in extra-curricular activities. It is promoted under Samagra Shiksha, an overarching programme for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12.

“Impart (Improving participation) programme introduced for adolescents in government schools will be decisive in bringing down dropout rates and helping to develop socially-conscious students,” said Trichy district chief educational officer M Ramakrishnan on Wednesday. He was taking part in a three-day training programme for teachers from 125 schools across the district at St John’s Vestry school, Trichy.

Asking teachers to identify the interests of students and help them work in that area, he urged them to make the whole process enjoyable for the students. While Tiruvarur was the first district to have this programme a couple of years ago, it was introduced in seven more districts in the state last year. Saying that the programme has been effective in addressing societal issues, a resource person said that it resulted in instilling religious harmony in people in Thirukalukundram of Vellore district.

“Often known for religious issues, a student took up his project to bring in harmony among the two groups. He managed to do so by holding talks with them and even managed to bring them to school on Republic Day. The student was felicitated by the chief minister,” he said. “Such activities help prevent students developing aversion towards school eventually reducing the dropout rate. Besides this, it would also help bringing back students who dropped out of schools,” said R Udaya Kumar, coordinator, SSA.

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