Vicky Pathare, November 07,2017

Source: Mirror

New prog will train teachers from junior colleges, Class XII schools to coach their students for NEET, JEE and MH-CET
In an attempt to improve the academic situation for students of vari ous higher secondary schools run by the state government, the state education department will -for the first time -soon start training and preparing students for high-pressure entrance exams of courses, including tests like the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), and annual MHT-CET or Maharashtra-Common Entrance Test.The department in the Pune division now plans to train as many as 1,200 teachers statewide from the science stream, who will in turn prepare students for the entrance exams in question. According to several parents, this may prove to be a huge relief for them, as bearing the exorbitant fee rates of private coaching classes -which have been increasing every year -has been proving to be extremely heavy on the pocket.

On November 3, the deputy director of education (DyDE) for Pune division (which includes Pune, Ahmadnagar and Solapur) issued a circular to teachers of all junior colleges and Class XII schools (of the science stream) in the division, asking them to undergo the mandatory teachers’ training programme for NEET, JEE and MH-CET.

Speaking to Mirror, Meenakshi Raut, assistant DyDE (Pune division), said, “Teachers across the division will be given free training to coach for NEET, JEE and MH-CET by the DyDE’s office here. This training programme will be conducted between November 10 and 16 at Solapur, Ahmednagar and Pune. Training will be given for subjects like physics, mathematics, chem istry and biology. In Pune, the training for teachers will be conducted on November 14 and at the Nowrosjee Wadia Junior College.“

Elaborating on the training, Raut added, “Teachers will be provided training like preparing students for the exams, sample question papers and conducting the exams, the calculation of marks and which questions and subjects have more scoring potential.There is a misunderstanding among parents that only private coaching classes can prepare their children for such exams -through our new programme, we plan to change the attitude of these parents.“

Most people seemed optimistic about the idea. Sus Road resident Ashok Patil, whose son is preparing for the 2018 MH-CET, shared, “This is a good move by the education department, and many people hope it proves to be helpful for our children. The fees for these entrances exam tuitions are exorbitant at private coaching classes, and not everyone can afford them. The new initiative will also help students who don’t have the financial backing to opt for private classes, but will still stand a fighting chance at admission with the help of their collegeschool teachers.“