Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The district administration has appealed for contributions from philanthropists to convert the 32 special schools it runs under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) into model institutions.

Though these schools must have been upgraded by now as per a promise made earlier, the administration could not fulfil it due to space constraint. Only Rs. 800 was being allotted towards monthly rent for a school under the project, Collector Ashish Vacchani said.

He was speaking at the valedictory of a computer education programme for a group of students from NCLP special schools at the Cauvery College for Women here on Thursday.

Mr. Vacchani said that attempts would be made to convert the Government Observation Home here into a residential school for the inmates and children loitering on the streets. By providing food and accommodation to the children, they could be gradually drawn into mainstream education that would break the vicious cycle of poverty. Mr. Vacchani said that the inmates of the home were being educated by NCLP special school vocational teachers under a provision of Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan.

Mr. Vachhani and the college governing committee secretary, M. Sundara Rajulu, presented participation certificates to the students.

The Project Director of NCLP, G. Sona, spoke.

The Principal, V. Sujatha, offered felicitations.

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