Published: 13th November 2017
No need to spend money on private NEET coaching, we have experts and it's free: How EPS has all but ruled out any more anti-NEET resistance by the TN Government
Is this the end of the road for any more anti-NEET lobbying and is it going to be mere eyewash beyond this point?
As he declared the first 100 free NEET/JEE coaching centres open, TN CM Edapaddi K Palaniswami made a rather brazen boast - the kind that will worsen the fears of two sets of people: people who have invested heavily in NEET coaching centres and activists who are still hopeful of getting an exemption from NEET for Tamil Nadu. He said, "Since the training is to be imparted free of cost by very good experts, there is no need (for students) to opt for any other training to face competitive exams."
And that right there is final and almost certain confirmation that the EPS administration is done lobbying for NEET to be unmandated for Tamil Nadu's students. Almost as a manner of confirming what activists have been crying themselves hoarse about, Palaniswami also went on to say that providing adequate training for students to face competitive exams was the need of the hour.
A total of 412 training centres would be set up across Tamil Nadu as part of this initiative, of which 100 such centres were being inaugurated. The classes would be held on Saturdays and Sundays and experts would be used to train students. Course material in Tamil and English will be provided
Though this is classically what someone would term a contradiction. Palaniswami also said that the syllabus followed by schools in the state was "no less" compared to others in the country, though students who passed through the State syllabus didn't cover themselves with glory during the 2017 admissions. "There are a lot of questions as to whether students from State Board can succeed at all-India level competitive exams. Let me assure you one thing. Our state board syllabus is no less to that of any other state in India. The need of the hour is to impart proper training to our students to face such competitive exams," he said.
Palaniswami was speaking at an event organised by the Tamil Nadu School Education Department where he launched a scheme to impart training to students to prepare for such exams. He said that the School Education Department and the Speed Trust have partnered to provide this training.
A total of 412 training centres would be set up across Tamil Nadu as part of this initiative, of which 100 such centres were being inaugurated. The classes would be held on Saturdays and Sundays and experts would be used to train students, he said. Course material in Tamil and English will be provided. Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Mathematics would be covered as part of this initiative, the Chief Minister added.