As the children who complete from the government schools may not be having a good academic background it is necessary that they attend tutorials when they come to the Higher secondary level. So wherever they require such support they need to be given the financial assistance for this. The group that is eligible for this support are students between class 8 and class 12 who already number over 450 and in fact by Year three the number of children in this group may be as high 600 as we continue to stem the drop outs. In the current year 96 children will complete class 10 and class 12. In the n ext years these numbers will increase to at least 200 children completing their education annually. This is definitely going to require us to set aside a substantial sum in the years to come as the numbers increase.
In the next phase it is planned to continue with the way in which we have worked so far:
- Identify those students who require financial support for tutorials
- Negotiate with parents as to what their contribution will be as the practice followed in the past years has been that the parent has to pay 50% of the tutorial costs wherever possible and unless the Area team is convinced that the do not have adequate income is the percentage lowered. This also ensures that the parent will insist on the child attending classes.
- Negotiate with tutorials as to concessions for the students and their treatment. The past experience has been that the children are ill-treated if they do not study. This is the reason why they drop out of these tutorials too. So follow up is required here too.
- Follow them up at the Area level by the Area Coordinators and through the Area Education Committee
- Have counselling sessions with them at least twice in a year to motivate them to continue studies.