Staff Reporter

Headmasters told to take part in campaign

Krishnagiri: The Collector, Santhosh Babu, has appealed to the headmasters and teachers to take part in the campaign aimed at improving quality of education and personal hygiene among school children.

Speaking at a meeting held at the Cluster Resource Centre in Sholagiri on Wednesday, he said that the district administration had initiated steps to create awareness on personal hygiene among schoolchildren.

This includes wearing of footwear, teaching children on the usage of toilets and hand washing practices, wearing clean clothes, improving the quality of education ensuring 100 per cent pass percentage and motivating children to pressurise their parents to construct and use toilets in their households.

The headmasters assured the Collector that they would achieve the target before September 30.

According to the Project Officer, Water and Sanitation, A. Devaraj, as part of the programme a two-day cluster-level training on School Sanitation and Hygiene Education will be held in all the blocks in the district from September 5.

A total of 234 clusters had been formed for the purpose. Five to eight schools had been merged into a cluster.

Eight-member team

An eight-member team, including a headmaster, teacher, Parent Teachers Association member, two boys and two girls and SHGs will represent each cluster.

On completion of training, five groups will be formed in each school, including water committee, food and hygiene committee, toilet monitoring committee, classroom cleaning committee and school environment committee.

Short films on health and waterborne diseases and personal hygiene will be distributed to all panchayat knowledge banks.

This will be uploaded in a computer and screened on alternative days, he added.

The Project Officer, Education, Aruna Rathnam, was present.