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Bank helps stop classes under trees

Staff Reporter

Assistance given to build rural classrooms



Tuticorin: Gone are the days when rural students used to sit under trees to learn subjects. They could enjoy learning lessons in a more conducive environment.

New look

The old and obsolete atmosphere at government schools in rural pockets of the district has given way to a new look with additional infrastructural facilities, thanks to National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

NABARD has extended financial assistance to establish infrastructural development in rural schools. With the availability of educational aids including liquid crystal display projectors and other technological gadgets, the required information could be disseminated under a single roof.

Upgrade to cost

Rs. 4.64 crore

M.R. Natarajan, the bank's District Development Manager, said 11 rural schools had been identified across the district for upgrade with facilities at a cost of Rs. 4.64 crore. Under Rural Infrastructure Development Funds – XV scheme of NABARD, development works would be completed by 2011.

Fifteen class rooms had been allotted under NABARD assistance.

Works are expected to get over within two or three months.

Pass percentage up

A pass percentage of 93.28 had been achieved in class ten public exams in 2010–11 academic year, said K.R. Saradha Government Higher Secondary School (Nalatinputhur) Headmaster S. Perumalsamy. A pass percentage of 82 was achieved in the tenth public exams as against 64 per cent in the previous year, said P. Selvaraj, Headmaster of Government Higher Secondary School in Kazhugumalai.

Development of infrastructural facilities at rural government schools was a good sign.

Parents pleased too

Students had been permitted to go home when there was a positive sign of rainfall. When being taught under trees, they got drenched many times.

The parents were also happy with the developments.

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