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State School Science Fair begins

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Prize-winning entries to be exhibited in gallery: Basheer



WARM WELCOME: Education Minister E.T. Mohammed Basheer being received at the State School Science Fair in the city on Monday. - Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

KOZHIKODE: The prize-winning entries of the 39th State School Science Fair will be exhibited in a special gallery to be set up for the purpose and the prize money for the first, second and third prize winners in the fair will be hiked to Rs.1,000, Rs.600 and Rs.400 respectively from the present Rs.500, Rs.300 and Rs.200, Education Minister E.T. Mohammed Basheer has said.

Mr. Basheer was inaugurating the 39th State School Science Fair at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda, near here on Monday. Education Secretary Lida Jacob presided.

Public Works Minister M.K. Muneer was the chief guest on the occasion.

Director of Public Instruction A. Ajith Kumar, MLAs T.P.M. Sahir, A. Sujanapal, and Binoy Viswom, councillors and Education Department officials were present.

The four-day fair is being held along with the 20th Maths fair, 25th work experience fair, 9th Special School work experience fair and 5th IT mela at three venues.

"The prize-winning entries of such fairs are forgotten soon after the event. It is with a view to showcase these for a longer period that they will be exhibited in a special gallery. Also, the prize money will be hiked," Mr. Basheer said.

Mr. Basheer said Kerala did not lag behind in IT learning. "We are the first to make use of Edusat. In two-three months, the facility will be installed in all schools. More e-learning programmes are planned, and Kerala ought to set a model in IT too."

He said the library programme launched by the department had evoked tremendous response.

Highlighting the innate talent and skill of children, the Minister said adults often underestimated the potential of the young. "A time has come when we have to place less emphasis on textbook learning and give students an opportunity to be productive in a different way. It is here that co-curricular activities have great relevance. Such science fairs are occasions when the creditable skills of children are projected. Give them the freedom and facilities to improvise and test," he added.

He said children must be made to feel less dependable on parents and teachers. "Self-learning ought to be encouraged. The fair is also an opportunity to gauge the commendable talents of the differently-abled. The Government was according the highest priority to special schools and all the 63 such schools in the State have been accorded registration. Central assistance for these is awaited. Bus concession and noon meal facility will be available to them soon."

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