The Chennai Corporation has commissioned a study on problems ailing its schools and the measures required to improve their image and performance.

The study, being undertaken by the Outreach Department of Loyola College, comes in the backdrop of the civic body’s keenness to make the schools a preferred choice for parents and children.

The team from the college has started interviewing teachers and parents of the students of around 200 primary and middle Corporation schools.

According to Fr. Xavier Vedam, Director and Vice-Principal of Loyola College, the team had already visited 20 schools.

“It will go to as many schools as possible as we want to conduct a comprehensive study,” he said.

The survey covers various aspects of the schools, from location and access, infrastructure and cleanliness. The team would analyse the teaching methods and their effectiveness.

He said that some of the teachers who were interviewed said that they preferred the conventional method of making children recite lessons over the activity based learning (ABL) methodology. They complained that they were unable to concentrate on teaching work as they were used for various surveys and election duty. Many parents said that they preferred private schools for various reasons, including teaching standards, the general perception that those educated in private schools land better jobs and as Corporation schools did not offer co-curricular activities, essential for all-round development.

Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said “Our endeavour is to make our schools centres of excellence, for which we propose to introduce various changes in the system.”

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