Mangalore, Oct 28, 2014: The Dakshina Kannada DDPI has initiated a special drive to activate students of government schools to appear for National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) and National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) Scheme exam. As a result of the enouragement, a total of more than 8,500 students from government schools will write the exam on November 2. This includes about 3,170 students for NTSE. For the first time such a large number of students from government schools are appearing for the exams.
To encourage the new practice of writing competitive exams among students, the department of education under the guidance of DDPI has initiated several programmes from the beginning of this academic year. The teachers from government and aided schools have been imparting training to motivate the students to appear the exams. Normally just a few students usually write the exams on their own interest, said DDPI Walter D’Mellow.
Preparations for the two examinations had started in July’14, with training and orientation programme for teachers from government schools. Teachers had to take extra classes to prepare the students. Last month a test was conducted for the students and 1,116 students were selected for special coaching. Writing the competitive exams will help build confidence, he added. The department in the district had prepared model NTSE and NMMS question papers for the students to revise. Selected students were imparted residential training in four Morarji Desai Residential Schools and a private school in Puttur from October 6 to 20 instant.
NMMS exams are held for the students of eights standard. Those students who have scored good marks in seventh standard are eligible to appear for it. The objective of the scheme is to award scholarship to meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections to check their drop out at Class VIII and to encourage them to continue their studies till Class XII.
The students for the award of this scholarship will be selected through the State level Test conducted by State Council of Educational Research and Training for the class VIII students. The scholarships will be given to one lakh students in the country. The scholarships will be given to 5,534 students in the state. Those who are studying in residential schools are not eligible to write the exams. The NTSE is for 10th standard students. Selected students will get scholarships for continuing education. In NTSE, general mental ability test (GMAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be held.
Mangalore North BEO Lokesh said that a total of 232 students from Mangalore North BEO limits were imparted training at Morarji Desai Residential School at Kammaje in Kinnigoli. “All the kids students would wake up by 5 am and get ready for Karate and Yoga classes during the training. About 90 teachers had trained the students during the 14 days training period. Dakshina Kannada district Akshara Dasoha had made arrangement for the supply of rice, vegetables and LPG to cook food for the students during the training period.” In fact, as a part of the training, resource person Venkatramana Kamath taught clay modelling to the students. There will be students from private schools in the district too who will write the two examinations, he said. The Govt. school students were specially motivated to appear for this competitive exam for the first time .