Prizes distributed to toppers from special schools
An awareness rally against child labour was taken out in the city on Thursday in connection with the Child Labour Elimination Day.
About 500 students drawn from child labour special schools, E. R. Higher Secondary School, National College Higher Secondary School, Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School, Teppakulam and Savithri Vidyasala Girls Higher Secondary School marched in the rally carrying placards and raising slogans against the social evil of child labour. The rally was organised under the auspices of the Child Labour Elimination and Effective Rehabilitation Society (CHEERS).
V. Dakshinamurthy, Collector (in-charge), flagged off the rally from the E. R. Higher Secondary School campus after administering a pledge to the participants and the audience to eliminate child labour. He also distributed prizes to Plus Two and SSLC toppers from child labour special schools and winners of various competitions organised for students of these special schools in the district.
S. Sujatha, Mayor, D. Sankari, Joint Commissioner, Labour Welfare Department, C. Somburajan, Deputy Commissioner, Labour Welfare, L. Augustin Peter Fathima, Additional Chief Educational Officer, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, P. Manju, Project Officer, CHEERS, T. M. Srinivasan, Correspondent, E. R. Higher Secondary School, and other officials participated.
Students of the All Saints Higher Secondary School, Puthur, too took out an anti-child labour rally in the city. The students marched through various parts of Puthur before returning to the school campus. Meera Pandian, school correspondent, and others participated in the flag off ceremony.