The one for Salem has no driver; Sankagiri has no vehicle
SALEM: The inordinate delay in appointing a driver to operate the mobile science laboratory van of the Salem district's Department of Elementary Education since the beginning of this academic year has deprived the students of both primary and middle schools the chance of attending practical classes.
A mobile laboratory has equipment including microscope that will enthuse students in elementary classes.
The vehicle is to visit all schools at regular intervals and conduct demonstrations. The laboratory will help students understand scientific facts quickly.
The district has 1,220 primary schools and 277 middle schools, including panchayat union and aided schools.
Almost all these schools depend on mobile laboratories for their practical classes.
Sent to scrap
Two mobile laboratories were sanctioned, one each for Salem Educational District and Sankagiri Educational District.
The vehicle used for the mobile laboratory for Sankagiri was sent to scrap in February 2003.
The Government is yet to provide a new vehicle.
The one for Salem has not had a driver since the beginning of this academic year. With the two mobile laboratories not functional, it has become impossible for the elementary and middle schools to conduct science practical classes, teachers said.
Education officials said an Assistant Educational Officer was taking the equipment to schools through public transport for practical classes.
But the official could cover hardly two schools in a day and was facing difficulties carrying the equipment.
A driver would be appointed for the mobile laboratory of the Salem Educational District shortly, officials said.