NGO helps poor students excel in SSC

May 22, 2011 Deccan Chronicle Warangal 

May 21: A total of 226 SC, ST, BC and minority students from rural background managed to secure more than 500 marks in SSC exam after receiving a NGO-run free 45-day pre-exam intensive residential coaching in Thorur mandal. Their good marks would help them join corporate colleges free of cost. Of these, 60 Vandemataram Foundation students, who are sought after by corporate engineering and medical coaching centres to enhance their SC/ST rankings, managed to cross the 550 figure. Last year, one of the Foundation's students got state sixth rank in engineering entrance exam.
During February-March, a select group of 240 students from 400 government high schools in Warangal was coached by Vandematram Foundation, which not only provided them expert teachers’ help from government sector schools but also looked after their food and accommodation without charging a single rupee. The Foundation, it may be noted, only provides coaching facility to government school students from rural backgrounds.
Most of these students hail from economically poor families and have no resources at their disposal even for taking private tuitions, said Mr Vandematram Ravinder, founder of Vandematram Foundation, which runs 12 such intensive coaching camps for government SSC students in Warangal, Mahbubnagar and Adilabad. Adding further, he said that on June 6, the Vandemataram Foundation would felicitate all the district toppers from government schools at a function in Hyderabad. While the district topper from private sector schools in Warangal bagged 587 marks (Ms A Aparna), from the government sector schools, Vandemataram Foundation students got the highest marks by securing 564 marks.
This year, three students from Vandemataram Foundation, namely N. Veeranna (ZPSS Jayyaram, Maripeda), B. Mounika (ZPSS Taralapalli, Hanamkonda) and Ms M. Anita (ZPSS Nallavelli mandal) secured 564 marks. In the overall state rank, Warangal's rank slipped from its 10th rank in 2010 to 11th rank in 2011. However, there has been an increase in pass percentage. Against last year's pass percentage of 82.90, this year's pass percentage in SSC exam stood at 84.38. When asked about zero percentage schools, the DEO, Mr B.J. Pusparaj, said, “We are yet to get a clear picture of the SSC performance by private and government schools in the district.”
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