It’s indeed been a fantastic step taken by the Govt to provide education for all. However, the difference in outcomes from the underprivileged kids is stark in the problem solving skills and ability to grasp complex concepts- they are extremely weak. Ironically, Science and Maths rank low when it comes to girls and their fundamentals tend to be shaky. Needless to say, the myth of Science is for boys and Arts is for girls is a prevalent thought in the marginalized sections and most girls start evading Science and Maths basis this fear.
With this background, we started an intervention of special coaching class for a batch of 10 girls every year to help get their basics in place and get them ready into a test prep mode for their 10th Std. examinations. With support from the school principal, we initiated the special classes in 2016 in Renuka Secondary Govt School with our teacher Rajnikanth. The progress has been steady and we’ve been able to see incremental number of girls now making it to distinction in their 10th Board Exams.