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ACCESS eDUCATION: Teachers attending a workshop on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act at Caldwell School in Tuticorin on Thursday. —
Tuticorin: To ensure hundred per cent literacy, a workshop on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was organised at Caldwell School here on Thursday.
The programme was inaugurated by Chief Educational Officer M.S. Parimala. The teaching fraternity should motivate the children in the age group of six to fourteen years to gain access to free education, she said.
Free education could be accessed in schools recognised by the State Government. Education was being imparted from different schools and students themselves should be the deciding authority in choosing subjects, she said. As for examination system, continuous evaluation of students' progress should be made mandatorily in all schools.
While holding discussions with heads of various schools across the district on the importance of right to free and compulsory education for children, the participants stressed the need for responsibilities which ought to be shouldered by the local bodies and government agents in implementing the right.
Subsequently, the role of government, teachers and parents was stressed on bringing out students from classes one to eight to adopt a healthy practice of learning subjects. The participants were asked to take adequate measures to abolish child labour for enhancing the literacy rate. Discussions were also held on formulating the framework of national curriculum for the children.
Retired teachers were felicitated on the occasion. Nine headmasters in Tuticorin educational district and ten headmasters in Kovilpatti educational district, who retired from government aided schools, were honoured. More than 250 teachers attended the programme.
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