In DSF, during the academic year of 2005-2006, we interacted with the 4th std kids, assessed the 2nd , 4th and 6th std kids. Going forward we will be monitoring these classes and training them.
Along with taking weekend classes for these kids, we could also take tuitions for 10th std kids. These are my thoughts:
Kids drop out of school at various levels. Firstly after class 5. The reason being, the govt does not permit evaluation of these kids till then. When they enter class 6, they find it hard to cope with the competition. The other reason being, education is free till then.
Secondly they drop out after class 10. This time because, probably, 1. they did not get good marks or 2. financial problems.
I feel that this is the point where we can spot the intelligent ones who might lose out in the race because of lack of training. And if we are able to spot a real genius, then we could also make arrangements for his/her further studies.
As we are doing with the 4th std kids now, we could take up a govt school near B'nagar, Vijayanagar etc, and talk to the principal about this idea. If he does not give us premises, we could look at other options.
When we tell the 10th std kids about tuitions, only the interested will come in. And it is going to be interesting to teach the kids at that level.
I have not thought about the logistics. I need all your comments on the feasibility and hurdles that might be in store.