TRICHY: The district chief education officer (CEO) has instructed the heads of all government higher secondar schools to spread awareness among the students on the option of writing NEET in Tamil. The move was prompted owing to the poor enrolment rate in the free NEET coaching classes, which was launched by the government this year.
A sizeable population, especially in rural areas, are unaware that students can appear for NEET in Tamil, which is perhaps the reason for less enrolment in the coaching classes.
Trichy district chief educational officer M Ramakrishnan gave the directions while holding separate meetings with the heads of government schools and government aided schools from the district while asking for their opinion.
Following allegations that students from government schools were never in the race for MBBS seats following NEET based admission, the state government declared that medical aspirants from government schools would be given free coaching to clear NEET.
A total of 412 NEET coaching centres were planned be opened across the state and interested students were asked to apply online with the help of school headmaster or headmistress.
The process for registration started from October 16 and the state government extended the last date for registration to October end from October 26.
The headmaster of a government school in rural Trichy said that none among the 44 students who have taken biology in plus 2 have applied for the free NEET coaching.
However, the situation is slightly better in urban schools. “Out of 34 students who have taken biology in their higher secondary, we have enrolled 13 students for free NEET coaching,” said headmaster of a government school in the city.
“Students are under the impression that they have to write the test (NEET) in English. Thus it is necessary to erase this misconception from their minds,” said the CEO, adding that it would pave way for better enrolment.