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South African delegation calls on Chandy

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Reaching out:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Portfolio Committee Members of Education fromthe KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, South Africa, at the Republic Day parade in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.— Photo: S. Mahinsha
Reaching out:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Portfolio Committee Members of Education fromthe KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, South Africa, at the Republic Day parade in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.— Photo: S. Mahinsha

A South African delegation paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at his office here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Linda Hlongwa, chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Education of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, said the delegation’s week-long visit had given new insight to teacher training programmes, continuous research in curriculum development, nutritional programmes, the role of city councils in schools, literacy promotion programmes, community involvement in education, and vocational skills enhancement training.

Commitment

She said the factors that contributed to the success of education in Kerala were values, commitment of teachers and parents, and the patriotism seen in educational institutions.

The delegation, she said, had a closer look at balancing education and socio-economic conditions and the performance in mathematics and science.

The Chief Minister gave an account of the State government’s achievements in the field of education and the current efforts to enhance the quality of education in schools and colleges.

The delegation held meetings with Higher Education Principal Secretary K.M. Abraham, General Education Principal Secretary K. Ellangovan and other officials in the Education Department.

It also visited a few educational institutions in the city, said D. Rajeshwari Rao, secretary-political, of the South African High Commission in New Delhi.

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