Catching them young
The Government Model Boys' Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram, is orienting young minds for a life of public service.
Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Keeping updated: In preparation for the civil service exams.
The Government Model Boys' Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram, is on a “catch them young” mode these days.
The school has put together a training programme for 46 of its students who aspire to become civil servants.
The programme is named “Disha” which in Malayalam means “direction” or contextually, “a sense of direction”.
This initiative of the school authorities was inaugurated by the Speaker of the Kerala Assembly G. Karthikeyan recently. Under this programme, students of Stds VIII to XII will be given special training to appear in the civil services examinations.
The first session will be handled by M. Nandakumar, Director, Information and Public Relations Department (I&PRD).
“The civil services examinations conducted in India are among the toughest of examinations. One needs to start early and prepare to be successful in these examinations,” said Mr. Nandakumar. This IAS officer from the Kerala cadre is a former student of the school.
According to K.V. Pramod, the coordinator of Disha, the school authorities decided to organise such a programme because they felt it necessary “to rebuild the quality of education by providing opportunities to students to know themselves and develop aspirations for the future.”
This is being done at a time when education in government schools is frowned upon.
Disha's sessions would mainly take place during the lunch break; experts in various disciplines would handle the sessions which will also help them understand the method of study necessary.
Regular sessions on reading newspapers, discussions and debates on current affairs are some of the proposed methods which the school authorities have planned to implement in this programme.
This type of training, the school authorities believe, will help the students cultivate a habit of being up to date with the happenings around the world. Awareness about world issues and adequate knowledge about current issues is crucial for scoring high marks in the written test as well as to clear the interview.
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