The school education department has asked district chief education officers (CEOs) to instruct schools in their respective districts to create awareness among parents and students of Class X to Class XII on job opportunities available in the Indian Navy and other defence services. If the efforts of the state school education department yield results, more students from Tamil Nadu would be joining the
armed forces in the coming years.
The government is also likely to offer free coaching for rural students, on the lines of coaching for NEET, to crack the competitive defence examinations. In the October 28 communication sent to all chief education officers, the state government has sought suggestions on starting free coaching centres to train rural students to get employment in this unexplored area.
The Indian Navy has increased the annual intake of sailors, which is the entry-level position of soldiers, from 2,000 to 7,000. But less than 2% of candidates from Tamil Nadu are joining the Indian Navy. Even these candidates are from cities and there is a negligible contribution from the rural areas. The education department’s move comes after an Indian Navy officer serving in the Naval NCC urged the state government to offer training to rural Tamil medium students as they find it difficult to clear the Defence recruitment tests conducted in Hindi and English.
“Most children in the higher secondary classes drop out in search of early employment over poverty. Since armed forces offer better prospects at an early age, by offering a push in terms of clearing defence recruitment test, the dropout rate can be brought down as students will be assured of jobs,” said Coimbatore district chief education officer N. Geetha.
Parents and teachers should guide their children to unexplored platforms rather than directing them to the opportunities in limelight.
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