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ALL EARS: Principals from different schools attend the meet organised by The Hindu Newspaper in Education Programme in Kochi on Friday.
ALL EARS: Principals from different schools attend the meet organised by The Hindu Newspaper in Education Programme in Kochi on Friday.

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The school principals who participated in the Principals’ Meet organised here on Friday in connection with The Hindu Newspaper in Education (NiE) programme highlighted the need to impart value-based education to students.

The Registrar of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi, E. Raman Kutty spoke of the urgent need to ‘recapture’ the values that modern society had lost track of.

The principal of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar, Nirmala Venkiteshwaran said that as children and youth were increasingly becoming self-centred, there was need to bring back the value systems that would help in moulding a better society.

She said that the NiE programme could include some sessions on value education, which will go a long way in building strong and stable relationships within and outside families and society at large.

Newspapers better not just the vocabulary and language of students, they open a window on the world, said Indira Rajan, director of MET Public School, Perumbavoor.

She spoke of how the NiE programme grew in her school, from a few copies to around 1,000 copies a day now.

“Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was quite amazed at the fluency in English and the vocabulary of many of our students. The Hindu deserves a major credit for arming our students with the right skills.”

Ms. Rajan brought along one of her students – Shwetha Sugathan – to explain how the students read the newspaper’s editorial and news columns threadbare and discuss the same at the school assembly.

George Mathew, principal of Mar Basil Higher Secondary School, Kothamangalam, spoke of the improvements that regular newspaper reading bring about in students.

K.P. Philomena, principal of St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Piravom, suggested that students of Plus Two classes too be included in the NiE programme.

Rani, vice-principal of IGM Public School, Elamakkara, spoke of how her grandson – a third-standard student – has become an ardent reader of The Hindu Young World.

P. Narayanan, Regional General Manager of The Hindu, said that the newspaper grew phenomenally over the past 130 years since lakhs of readers passed on the mantle of subscribing to the paper, to their next generation.

“The Hindu has become part of our life,” opined Jayaprabha Pradeep, principal of Gregorian Public School, Maradu.

P.N. Vijayan, principal of Heera Public School, Panangad, spoke of how his whole family was indebted to the newspaper for moulding them into good citizens.

A presentation on the crucial phases in the history of The Hindu and sister publications and the edge that they command over their peers was also organised.

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