25 October, 2020

Coaching A National Dream: Govt Plans To Tutor Rural Students For Entrance Exams

The government’s cram school? Project to tutor rural students for entrance tests

Route To Riches
Students on their way to a Kota cram school
Coaching A National Dream: Govt Plans To Tutor Rural Students For Entrance Exams

It’s okay if your talent is uploading rictus-stricken selfie smiles. It’s equally okay if you find a piece of music, poetry or a sunset beautiful, or if you want to let tomorrow take care of itself. But if your ambition is fat pay cheques and perks—more appropriately, if that is the dream of your parents—you can’t escape immersing yourself in mind-numbing science and mathematics in cram schools to crack the fiercely competitive entrance tests to IITs or AIIMSes.

Degrees from these premier technical and medical colleges are considered a lifetime of riches. No doubt, this has triggered a mad dash for the top institutes which have limited seats. The country has recorded rapid economic growth and numerous professional options are now available for the young Indian, but most families continue to stick to the traditional comfort zone. “My son will be an engineer and my daughter a doctor.” The old parental line hasn’t changed, even though the child may not have an aptitude for engineering or medicine.

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