An analysis of the performance of the students from Rural areas in the all India competitive Examinations reveals that their performance are not up to the mark as compared to the students from many other parts in the country. Competitive Examinations are application based and work through a process of elimination, where only the best who has the required scholastic as well as soft skills makes it to the premier institutions in the country.
Scholastic and soft skills can be said to incorporate all aspects of generic skills that include the cognitive elements associated with academic skills. Scholastic and soft skills are identified to be the most critical skills in the current global job market especially in a fast moved era of technology. Based on the vast research done by SRI SAKTHI, expert opinions have been sought to determine the specific scholastic and soft skills to be incorporated and used in education institutions, especially in schools. In this effort the following soft skills have been identified and chosen to be delivered through Sri Sakthi.
1) Thinking skills and problem solving skills.
2) Team work force.
3) Life – long learning and information management.
4) Entrepreneur skill.
5) Ethics, moral and Professionalism.
6) Leadership skills.
7) Communication Skills
As a responsible educational research organization, Sri Sakthi's dream is to give the best possible education to all students to attain the above mentioned skills. "YUVAKERATALU", a monthly magazine launched by the sri sakthi educational and development trust , is equipped to help children at school and at home in a clear, correct and interesting way to attain the scholastic and soft skills.
At sri sakthi, students will be expected to master the scholastic as well as the soft skills, through a series of continuous and comprehensive evaluation tests, remedial lessons and monitoring systems. Through sri sakthi, students will collaborate, communicate, think, experiment and reflect throughout the day. Therefore being in smartclass of sri sakthi is very important for each student every day.
The need for quality education along with scholastic and soft skills is more evident than ever as we raise our children today. It is our purpose to provide high quality education, which is centered on continuous and comprehensive evaluation, remedial teaching and monitoring. The skills developed through sri sakthi includes the ability to think critically, creatively, innovatively and analytically. It also involves the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in different situations. For ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ (ESD) to be successful, it must give students practical skills that will enable them to continue learning after they leave school to have a sustainable livelihood and to live sustainable lives. The critical thinking skills, skills to organize and interpret data and information, skills to formulate questions and the ability to analyse issues that confront communities are greatly addressed in the meticulously designed test series of sri sakthi.
Sri Sakthi helps the student to be independent and self – regulated in learning as well as acquiring skills and new knowledge, through smart corners, remedial lessons and class notes. Besides this, students are also expected to develop an inquisitive mind and crave for knowledge through “Tell me Why”, question and answer Forum, Creative corners etc. in Sri Sakthi.