Admission of students started in the beginning of January 2011 under the leadership of the chief coordinator of the coaching center project, Mr Subimal Guria. He was helped by the teachers at the coaching centers. Prior to that, the process of collection of old books from the previous batch of coaching center students had been started, and 99% of the old books had been collected. A total number of 944 students got admission at 8 centers spreading over the two GPs of Kankandighi and Purbasridharpur. At Kankandighi, 266 boys and 299 girls were admitted. At Nagendrapur 180 boys and 211 girls were admitted. It was noticeable that girl student participation was higher that boys.
Books and materials support: All the students of our 8 coaching centers were supported with all required books and exercise book, pen and pencils along with materials to be used at the centers, such as chalk, duster, whiteboard marker etc.
Guardian meeting: Mukti had arranged guardian awareness meetings/camps in all eight centers in order to involve parents in the process of their ward’s education. Overall, the response was mixed, with disappointing participation from parents at some centers. However, this was the first year that this had been arranged, and Mukti is committed to making it much better in successive years.
|Name of the center||Teachers||Students||Girls||Boys|
|South Kankandighi Free Primary School (Daktargheri)||3||89||49||40|
|Jogendrapur Mukti Coaching Center||3||130||72||58|
|Kankandighi Babujan Sipar H.S. Coaching Center||6||346||178||168|
|Purba Sridharpur Coaching Center||3||101||62||39|
Parent teacher one-to-one Interaction: Mukti also implemented a one-to-one parent teacher interaction session to discuss the progress of the students. This was again a first-time initiative and had poor attendance from parents. However, the results were still encouraging, as the parents who did attend the session guided their sons and/or daughters much better.
Teacher’s meeting: All teachers met regularly once a month to discuss about their progress and issues, and to share their experiences. This meeting happened successfully on a regular basis.
Training for Mukti coaching centers teachers by Sikshamitra, a consultant organization: The coaching center teachers participated in this training in order to improve their teaching skills. The training lasted for 4 days and focused on English and mathematics based on the needs identified on the ground. The training provided a good opportunity for the teachers to interact with experts in the field of teaching. A second phase of this training is planned to start shortly.
Introduction of student rewards: This year Mukti introduced the concept of rewarding students to encourage them to improve themselves through discipline, attention to studies, play, drawing, singing, etc. This exercise is very good potential for the over all growth of the students as we found a healthy competition is growing among student to perform better and get rewards.
Community sports: Mukti helped the coaching center students to participate in annual community sports, which was organized by West Bengal education department. Mukti staff volunteered for the event, and Mukti contributed part of the funds for conducting this event.
Special coaching programme: Since 2006 Mukti has been organizing a special coaching program for coaching center students who are due to appear for Madhyamik examination. Apart from the Mukti coaching center students, there were 140 students from other schools as well who joined this two-day program. The program was conducted by an expert teachers panel consisting of seven highly experienced individuals in the field of teaching. They guided the students on how to answer exam question well, and also on what kind of questions to expect.
Latrine for Jogendrapur High school: Jogendrapur school and Mukti jointly built an extra latrine for the students. Most of the construction work has been completed. Only plastering work is pending. This was a requirement and appeal from school managing committee. Mukti uses this school’s infrastructure to conduct two coaching centres for around 300 students.
Comparative analysis of Madhyamik results of Mukti coaching center students and other students in the same schools:
|Name of the Center||No. of Students Appeared||No. of Students Passed||Pass Percentage|
|Jogendrapur Coaching Center||18||18||100%|
|Nagendrapur & Baradanagar Coaching Center||23||23||100%|
— Above table shows Mukti coaching center students had 100% successes rate as compared to the other students at the same schools, who had 80-90 % success rate.
— Above sample was taken from Madhyamik student only.
— School student figure includes Mukti coaching centre students. Excluding coaching center students, the pass rate for the school students would be lower.
Annual Results of Mukti Coaching Centers for the Year 2011-12
KANKANDIGHI – ANCHAL
— From the above table it is clear that coaching center student’s pass rate is almost 100%. This compares favorably with the pass rate in the schools, which is 70-80%.
— We identified one center (Doctor’s Gheri) that has comparatively low performance in respect to our other center. But still significant high compare to local school. We are taking measures to improve performance of this center.
— In Nagednrapur GP’s 4 centers we have above 95% average success rate compared to the local schools success rate of 65%.
— We have few areas of improvement here. It is observed that some students who have irregular attendance at the coaching centers perform badly. We are taking steps to rectify this.