CHENNAI: Nearly 10,000 Class 12 students from government schools in the state will get a leg up in efforts to pursue an engineering or medical degree next year through an initiative by the government to set up an online platform to tutor them for entrance exams like JEE and NEET.
School education minister K Pandiarajan told TOI that this online platform was a coordinated effort by the state government along with education entrepreneur Aspire K Swaminathan who would also be providing the technological framework for the project. The low-cost eprogramme will have subject-related modules, and will be set up in a number of schools across the state.
With no clarity on how to prepare students for the competitive exams standing in the way of medical and engineering admissions, government schools, which have neither adequate resources nor faculty strength, are handicapped, unlike private schools which hold special classes and outsource faculty to help students crack the competitive examinations. Given that NEET has thrown a wrench in the state government's counselling format for admitting students into medical colleges, these online classes seek to bridge the gap in the syllabus between state board textbooks and NEET which is CBSE-centric.