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Priority for improving quality of education: Minister

20,000 teachers appointed last year alone

Rs.138 crore for improvement of panchayat union schools

Nagapattinam: The State Government is according priority for improving the quality of education in all the schools, said Thangam Thennarasu, Minister for School Education, on Tuesday.

The Government was improving the quality of education by filling up teaching vacancies, as promised by the Chief Minister soon after assuming charge, he said.

The Minister was inaugurating a newly-constructed building at the Government middle school in Pazhayar in the district. The school building that was damaged by tsunami was rebuilt at a cost of about Rs.50 lakh by the Rolls Royce Energy Systems India in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Mr. Thennarasu said that nearly 20,000 teachers were appointed last year alone.

The Minister pointed out that about 17,000 teachers would be appointed this year.

The Government had allocated Rs.138 crore for improving facilities in all the panchayat union schools in the State, he said and pointed out that tremendous improvement was noticed in these schools.

Premangshu Sanyal, Director of Rolls-Royce Energy Systems India, said that the school was serving the children of seven tsunami-hit villages around Pazhayar. Martin Brodie, Head of Communications (Asia and Middle East) of Rolls-Royce, pointed out that the Rolls-Royce employees around the world contributed to a relief fund after the tsunami and the new building at Pazhayar was one among the several projects funded by the company in the affected countries including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

N.Kumar, Chairman of the CII Task Force said that the school project was a good example to show how industry could work with a local community in times of hardship. T.T. Ashok, Chairman, Corporate Social Responsibility Sub-Committee of CII, J.Umamaheswari, Director of Primary Education, G.Arockiasamy, Chief Educational Officer, Ngapattinam, M.Panneerselvam, MLA and others spoke.