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Plan to upgrade lower schools

Staff Reporter

Using Geographical Information System

Ramanathapuram: In association with various universities, the Education Department has initiated a comprehensive mapping exercise in all districts to upgrade lower schools as higher schools using Geographical Information System.

Chief Educational Officer S. Nagaraja Murugan said the expenditure to do the exercise would be met through Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. The work for Ramanathapuram district was handed over to Bharathidasan University. Madurai Kamaraj University would take up the exercise for Virudhunagar district.

Under the project, universities would prepare the district educational map, which would pinpoint the location of existing primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools using the Geographical Information System.

The project would find out the exact distance between nearby primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools. The qualitative details including the total number of dependent villages of various schools, total number of houses, demands of local people to upgrade their nearby schools and related details would be prepared in detail.

Mr. Nagaraja Murugan said the basis aim of the mapping exercise was to weed out sufferings of rural students to reach schools from their houses. In some areas, students were suffering a lot to reach their respective schools, as these were situated a little away than the prescribed limit. In some areas, too many schools were in the same locality.

The exercise would help the educational authorities to prioritise the work of upgrading lower schools to higher schools. Additional teachers and other infrastructure could be provided based on the study.

The Education Department had planned to introduce the new upgrading process from 2006-07 onwards.

He said a proposal had been sent to the Government to upgrade 10 middle schools to high schools and seven high schools to higher secondary schools in Virudhunagar district. Similar proposal was sent to the Government to upgrade two middle schools in Ramasamy Patty and Valinokkam in Ramanathapuram district to high schools.

Another proposal was under consideration of the Government to upgrade high schools situated in Alanganoor and Sayalkudi to higher secondary schools, he added.

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