Fine arts labs will be set up in ten Chennai Schools

As was the case in the last budget of the Chennai Corporation, the emphasis, this time too, was on exposing students of Chennai Schools to the fine arts.

In addition to 30 residential camps or ‘Kanavu Pattarai’ for students of classes VII and VIII, fine arts labs will be established in 10 Chennai Schools.

For primary and middle school students, play parks will be set up in 30 schools. The Corporation will also start ten kindergarten schools. All kindergarten children will be provided specially-designed shoes along with colourful uniforms.

Keeping in mind the demands of parents, the Chennai Corporation will start 20 more English-medium sections in primary schools. There are already 99 English-medium sections in the primary schools.

Among the 22 announcements under the education head, was one regarding the provision of generators to all high and higher secondary schools. This is to ensure that science and computer labs and offices in the schools can function throughout the day.

Chennai Schools students will be provided training for maths and physics olympiads, international chess competitions, kabaddi and swimming competitions.

With a view to encourage scientific temper among students, permanent science exhibitions will be installed at zonal-level. The best science models at school-level will be showcased in these exhibitions and prizes will be awarded.

The budget also made provisions to ensure the safety of in-patients, prevent theft of babies and unauthorised entries into hospitals. CCTVs will be installed in all 24-hour maternity hospitals. Inverters will be installed at all the existing 109 health posts; all maternity hospitals will have intercoms and push trolleys.

Digital thermometers and BP apparatus would be procured for all maternity hospitals and health posts. This is to discourage the use of mercury in these facilities.

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