Special programmes for Civil Services aspirants and aptitude tests for students are among the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education’s career guidance and counselling-related plan proposals for this year.
The department already has the ‘We Help’ programme to reduce exam stress among students and it started ‘focus point’ centres for supporting and educating them on higher study options while applying for Plus One courses.
Tapping into a renewed interest in the Civil Services among young students, the career guidance cell plans to conduct an orientation programme for select higher secondary students. It will be held in association with the Kerala State Civil Service Academy or with the support of experts in the field of Civil Services coaching.
A four-day residential programme will be part of the orientation. Interactions with achievers will be another highlight. A preliminary selection examination will be conducted in each district for Civil Services aspirants studying in Plus Two.
Along with that, all the participants will be given a basic orientation. Twenty-five students who have scored high marks in the preliminary exams will be selected from each district for the workshop. One workshop will comprise 25 students each from two districts.
The directorate had initiated a project last year for setting up a comprehensive aptitude test to steer students towards the right career path. The tool developed with the support of the National Informatics Centre will be administered in 100 schools during the first phase implementation of the programme this year.
Teachers, especially career guides of higher secondary schools, will be updated with new trends in every field of education.