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Schools to be established at a distance of one kilometre

Staff Reporter

To make students reach the institution without any strain: Minister

PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

Meet on education: Thangam Thennarasu, Minister for School Education, right, releasing a souvenir in Theni on Wednesday. Collector P. Muthuveeran receives it.

THENI: Steps would be taken to establish school at a distance of one kilometre in every village in the State. At present, the distance was around four kilometres. Such measure will help children reach school without much strain, said Thangam Thennarasu, Minister for School Education.

He was inaugurating a conference on education held at N.S. Boys Higher Secondary School here on Wednesday.

Allocation for education went up to Rs.10,000 crore from mere Rs.2,000 crore, of which Rs.9,000 crore were spent for disbursing salary to teachers alone. Besides heavy financial burden, the government was ready to raise their salary further. Now, time has come for teachers to show their gratitude. They should fully equip students and bring Theni district to number one spot, he added.

Such conference was not held after 2000 owing to various reasons. It had witnessed a big slackness in subsequent years. We had completed in Thiruvannamalai. Next conference will be held in Nagapattinam, Pudukottai and Virudhunagar before February, he added.

Immovable properties worth Rs.22.72 crore and movable properties worth Rs.10.72 crore were offered to various schools by the public in the district. It was a revolution owing to collective effort only, he added.

Director for School Education, P. Perumalsamy said that this was the second conference in Theni. .

Cumbum MLA N. Ramakrishnan presided. Collector P. Muthuveeran said that massive donation by the public proved that anything could be possible with effective community participation. Free tuition had been arranged for tribal students with the help of youth volunteers and teachers in hilly regions.

Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar said that 36 primary schools had been upgraded in to middle school. We will achieve in the forthcoming high and higher secondary examinations.

Seven government school students who lost their parents in accidents in the district had received Rs.50,000 each under special insurance scheme. Later, the Minister released the souvenir and it was received by the Collector, P. Muthuveeran.

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