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Spoken English classes at Corporation schools

Staff Reporter

Baking institute profits to fund course

— Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Interaction: Mayor M. Subramanian interacts with a student at the Corporation High School on Thursday.

CHENNAI: Winners Baking Training Institute has turned breadwinner for Corporation schools in the city.

Its profits amounting to Rs.10 lakh are now being utilised to fund spoken English training for high school students in 10 Corporation schools.

The bakery was set up as part of a community college course with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Madras East and Hot Breads.

Mayor M. Subramanian inaugurated the classes at the Corporation High School on Kothanda Raman Street, West Mambalam, on Thursday.

More than 4,000 students in classes six, seven and eight are likely to benefit from the training that is being conducted with the assistance of Veta (formerly Vivekananda Institute).

The spoken English classes would be held after school hours between 3.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. at one school in each of the 10 zones. The training would be extended to all Middle Schools in the next academic year.

Mr. Subramanian urged students present to tell those in need of employment and with a minimum qualification of having completed class six to apply for the six-month course that comes with food, uniform and a monthly stipend of Rs.500.

The Training Institute is on the Bheemanapet Corporation School campus on C.P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet.

It will shortly be taking in a batch of 45 students.

Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said that a large percentage of those in the Information Technology professions were Tamilians.

Corporation school students should no longer be at a disadvantage because of their lack of comfort in English, the Chennai Corporation Commissioner said.

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