All 282 Chennai Corporation schools will soon be renamed as ‘Chennai Schools'.

This is part of the Corporation's efforts to encourage more admissions to these schools, improve their standard and eliminate psychological barriers in parents' mind. All the schools would be painted in identical colour, Mayor M.Subramanian told the council meeting on Monday.

One school in each of the 10 zones would be developed into a ‘School of Excellence,' which would be on a par with those run by the Central government. Admission to these schools would be through a special test.

Sixty-seven high schools and higher secondary schools run by the civic body would soon have a library each. The Corporation would also establish a special school in north Chennai for hearing and speech impaired students.

Primary school teachers would be trained in abacus method to help the children understand maths better. On a trial basis, Maths lab would be set up in two schools — one each in north and south Chennai.

The scheme of providing uniform, bags and shoes free of cost to students of classes I to 12 would be extended to cover 2,100 kindergarten schools students too.

About 61,000 children studying in classes 6 to 12 in the Corporation schools would get free geometry and stationery boxes this year. Besides opening six new community colleges, an employment information centre would be started for corporation students.

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