Students from various colleges in the city held a demonstration on the premises of Ripon Buildings on Monday demanding better infrastructure for Chennai Schools.

In response to the demonstration, the Chennai Corporation is planning to initiate a survey of physical infrastructure at the Chennai Schools.

The protesters alleged the roof of a school in Manali collapsed because of poor maintenance by the buildings department of the Corporation.

“Many Chennai Schools are dilapidated. Poor students will not go to schools if the building is dilapidated. We have visited many dilapidated school buildings. The Corporation should take measures to improve at least the classrooms and toilets,” said one of the protesters.

Later, Mayor Saidai Duraisamy asked the student representatives to visit all the Chennai Schools and compile a report on the existing conditions. Based on the report, the Corporation will carry out maintenance of the damaged school buildings.

The Corporation is also planning to improve infrastructure in schools as a number of them are plagued by poor enrolment. More resettlement of residents in slums this summer is expected to affect enrolment next year, said a Corporation official.

The civic body is planning to increase the number of English-medium schools and smart classrooms to improve enrolment.

As many as 284 schools are run by the Corporation. In 2009, the Corporation merged around 30 schools that lacked patronage, sparking protests by political parties.

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