Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, April 4: The Education Department has started a novel initiative of early career counselling in the schools.
The initiative has been started from Srinagar and Bandipora districts, said an official, adding that the first career counselling programme was held at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Amira Kadal, here.
“An innovative programme on career counselling was conducted by the ‘Youth Impulse’ at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Amirakadal. Prof Yaqub Khan, the veteran counselor interacted with students.
An IQ test of students was also conducted,” said an official of the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir. The officials said it was the need of the hour to start career counselling in schools to guide students towards appropriate career options.
“We have tied with the Youth Impulse, run by a known career counselor, to conduct the sessions. So far, many schools in Bandipora and Srinagar have been covered,” said Director School Education, Kashmir, Shah Faesal.
He said it would be made as a routine procedure in all the Valley schools to guide students towards right opportunities. “Career clubs are being set up in schools and aptitude tests are being conducted. We plan to take it further to all districts of the Valley,” Faesal maintained.
For the last several months, the department is taking reformative measures to improve the quality of education and also focus on minimum learning levels among the students. Some of the measures that have been taken to reform the sector include the introduction of biometric attendance system for teachers as well as the other school staff.
The aim is to reduce the rate of drop outs in the schools and encourage regular attendance among the students. The department has also intensified monitoring of schools across all districts, Faesal added.