Teachers should strive to improve the standard of education in government schools on a par with private schools, said K.C.Veeramani, School Education Minister, here on Wednesday. “Government schools are where poor students are studying. Through diligence and proper guidance, teachers should ensure good education and future for these students,” he said speaking at a review meeting with officials and headmasters from Tiruchi and five other districts here.

The Chief Minister was keen to ensure that the standard of education in the State was improved to put the State in the forefront in the education sector in the country. Towards this end, she has made an allocation of Rs. 16,965 crore for school education this year. “Headmasters and teachers of high and higher secondary schools should follow the guidelines evolved by the department to increase the pass percentage in the public exams. Last year, you cited shortage of teachers. We have filled the vacancies and you should produce results now,” he said.

D. Sabitha, School Education Secretary, said the Chief Minister had great expectations on the School Education Department and urged officials and headmasters should address the shortcomings pointed at the review and help improve the standard of education. Officials and headmasters should prepare students for the public examinations diligently and ensure that the target of 95 per cent pass was achieved this year.

Pooja Kulkarni, Project Director, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), took up a detailed review of the Tamil and English reading and writing skills of primary school students block-wise and pulled up officials of blocks which had lagged behind. She instructed the officials and teachers to identify specific problems of students and adopt scientific techniques to improve the skills of students. “If you do not correct the problem at this level, it will be difficult for the students to catch up,” she said. She wanted teachers to ensure proper implementation of activity based learning.