PUDUKOTTAI: The State Government has attached top priority to education by making special allocations for infrastructure and initiating efforts to fill up teaching vacancies, the Union Minister of State for Home, S. Regupathy, said on Friday.
Creation of a separate ministry for higher education was a strong indicator of the State Government's concern for educational development, Mr. Regupathy said, addressing a function organised by the Government Higher Secondary School at Tiruvarankulam near here, to mark the inauguration of additional blocks with classrooms and laboratory for the school. The additional buildings were constructed under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund of the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD). A sum of Rs. 57.76 lakh was spent for the construction of 13 classrooms, a laboratory, toilets and a borewell.
He emphasised on the occasion that enhancement of facilities in the school must be complemented by better performance, taking a dim view of the overall poor pass percentage - 49 per cent in SSLC and 53 per cent in Plus Two - during the last academic year.
Students' cooperation was essential for academic progress, he said, and also assured that efforts would be made for sanction of more funds for the construction of a compound wall for the school.
Money would be sourced from the constituency development funds of the MP and MLA.
The Alankudi MLA, S. Rajasekaran, was among those who spoke. Earlier, the Minister inaugurated the classes at the upgraded high schools in Kavarapatti, Kothakottai, Keezhapatti, Pallavarayanpathai and Vallavari Kizhakku and also at the higher secondary school in Parambur.