Coimbatore: Guest workers with the KPR Mills have responded well to the opportunity that the firm had offered them by extending its education programme, which involves providing coaching, admissions and time for the employees to study up to postgraduation and attempt civil services exams, to them.
In the first batch, 10 guest workers had appeared for the Class X and XII board exams in the national open school system in October last year. When the results were announced on Monday, all the 10 came out in flying colours.
KPR Mills has 2,700 guest workers. Initially, the education programme was offered only to the workers who could study in English or Tamil medium. They used to appear for the Tamil Nadu matriculation and state board exams.
As it turned out to be a huge hit, the firm in 2019 decided to extend the programme to the guest workers. The firm subsequently tied up with the National Institute of Open Schooling.
KPR Mills also roped in teachers from Odisha, the home state of most of its guest workers, to teach them in Hindi and Oriya, their mediums of education.
While Class X students opted for business studies, social science, home science, data entry operator and language, Class X students chose language, history, political science, geography and data entry operator. Eight of them selected Hindi medium and the remaining, Oriya medium.
Encouraged by the results, 270 guest workers have now given names for the study programme to appear for the exams next year.