SAVE-INTL and its partner, Tamilnadu Village Outreach, have continuously sponsored since 2008, a free after school study program in Mullipakkam village, one of the poorer socially disadvantaged villages in the Tiruporuur District of Tamilnadu. Because of the very large number of students attending the school sometimes more than 150, there are two separate evening sessions and three paid part-time teachers, all of whom are highly dedicated to the goal of preparing the local rural youth to compete for jobs and professions in a rapidly growing and developing India. On their own, these three teachers organized a special coaching program for 10th and 12th grade students in Mullipakkam and surrounding villages who are obligated to take tough statewide qualification exams at the conclusion of their school year. These test are crucial in determining a students future educational opportunities and are quite tough with many students failing one or more sections resulting in passing certificates being denied them.
The vast majority of Indian middle class and 10th and 12th grade students and those attending private school receive intensive private exam coaching after and during school hours, often at great expense, to the extent that they sometimes joke that they do not attend school but rather just go to exam coaching.
On the other hand, poor rural students normally get no coaching at all and also cannot afford the examination guide books. This is on top of their education often being deficient in the quality of teachers and student-teacher ratio. Many have no experience of taking such a lengthy and demanding exam and do not receive the benefit of being exposed to practice “test” exams such as occur at private coaching centers. When faced with the real thing they freeze up in fear and apprehension, seriously affecting their scores.
In order to remedy this injustice SAVE-INTL and TVO, in conjunction with The Malar Trust of Italy sponsored a pilot free exam coaching program in the village of Ellandoppu with results so excellent that the program is being expanded to a number of additional centers.
Simultaneously, but without our knowledge, a free Tuition school in Mullipakkam village founded and sponsored by SAVE-INTL decided on it own and without consultation to independently organize an exam coaching class for 10th grade (S.S.L.C.) and 12th grade students.
All but one of their 22 special coaching students passed their exam and among those passing several earned outstanding marks. Click to enlarge this photo below of the triumphant billboard the teachers of Mullipakkam and a local sports club erected in Mullipakkam to honor the successful students: