Minister for School Education K.A. Sengottaiyan said here on Thursday that 25,000 Plus Two students in government schools will be trained over the next five years to take up entry level examination for Chartered Accountancy course.
Inaugurating the training programme and career counselling drive here on Thursday, jointly organised by the School Education Department and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), at Gobi Arts and Science College at Gobichettipalayam, the minister said classes would be conducted by 500 CAs once a week.
“It is the first time in the country that classes are conducted for the course free of cost,” he added.
The minister said that after Plus Two, students will be provided a 15-day training at the colleges in their respective areas to enable them to take the foundation examination. Many questioned whether the government can train Plus Two students for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). A total of 3,019 students were trained in nine colleges in the State, of whom 1,412 students cleared the examinations, he said.
CA. K. Jalapathi, chairman, Career Counselling Committee, Southern India Regional Council of ICAI, said that it was for the first the institute had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the government for training the students.
After four hours of discussion with the minister, the programme to train students was finalised in five days. The State would have the maximum number of CAs in another 10 years.
Pradeep Yadav, Principal Secretary, Department of School Education, said initiatives taken by the department would improve employability among students. Minister for Environment K.C. Karuppannan, Collector S. Prabhakar, MLAs, MP and Chief Educational Officer R. Balamurali were present.
Tamil was the media partner for the event.
At another function in Coimbatore, the minister said the demands for auditors had increased multi-fold among the trade after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1 last year. The government was also planning to buy 100 toilet cleaning equipment for the schools, from Germany.
One toilet cleaning equipment would be given to every 20 schools. It had been ordered to see proper functioning of Parent-Teachers Associations (PTA) in all the schools, the minister said.
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