Special Correspondent

Corporation prepares schemes to improve quality of education

  • Sports talent in economically backward children will be nurtured
  • Rs. 33 lakh earmarked for repairs, maintenance in Government schools

    Thiruvananthapuram: The City Corporation has drawn up a scheme to improve the infrastructure and quality of education in schools. Mayor C. Jayan Babu and Deputy Mayor V. Jayaprakash told a press conference here on Wednesday that the project would identify academically poor students and help them improve their performance.

    Special tuition would be arranged for these students. Developing better classrooms and providing clean drinking water in schools were other major aims.

    Health cards

    Health cards would be issued to primary school students after medical examination. The Corporation would foot the expense of food and educational material for economically backward children.

    A separate project is being worked out to identify and nurture sports talent in children from economically backward families studying in Government and unaided schools.

    Last year, of the 235 students selected for specialised sports training, seven made it to State-level competitions.

    To improve facilities for sports training, the Corporation was planning to set up three stadia at Kulathoor, Mudavanmugal and Vettikuzhy.

    Three swimming pools would also be developed at Mannanthala, Charachira and Kanjirampara. Efforts were on to secure Central assistance under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the stadia and swimming pools, Mr. Jayaprakash said.

    The Mayor said Rs.33 lakh had been earmarked in the budget for civic works in city schools.

    Scheme that worked

    He added that the quality improvement scheme was responsible for the good performance of students in Government schools in the last SSLC examination.The Corporation is organising a function at the Manacaud Government Girls Higher Secondary School on June 7 to honour teachers who contributed to the success of the quality improvement programme last year.

    Education Minister M.A. Baby will inaugurate the function.

    The Mayor announced that an assistance package would be worked out for schools that put up more than 50 students for the examination and achieved 80 per cent success.

    "Meetings involving headmasters have been held. We hope to sanction a minimum of Rs.1 lakh for each school," he said.

    Replying to questions, the Mayor said the district administration had received complaints of encroachments into water bodies at several places in the city.

    Mr. Babu said the Corporation was planning a drive to remove unauthorised advertisement boards.