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More schemes for poor students, says Nehru

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IN MEMORY: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru and Forests Minister N. Selvaraj distributing pongal and egg to students in Tiruchi on Tuesday. —
IN MEMORY: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru and Forests Minister N. Selvaraj distributing pongal and egg to students in Tiruchi on Tuesday. —

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: State Government had enhanced the quality of education, filled up vacancies and improved infrastructure in government schools in its two years of governance. The government would come up with more schemes to support economically challenged students, Transport Minister K. N. Nehru said here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function to celebrate Educational Development Day observed to mark the birthday celebrations of former Chief Minister K. Kamaraj, Mr. Nehru listed the improvements made in basic amenities in schools.

Twenty schools, he said, have been upgraded as high schools and 53 as middle schools in Tiruchi district.

Forty five new buildings have been constructed in government schools of the district and a sum of Rs. 906 crore has been spent to improve the facilities in 230 schools.

Extolling the administrative skills of Kamaraj, Mr. Nehru said he was instrumental in setting up BHEL in Tiruchi.

Mr. Nehru distributed prizes to the students who had won in elocution, essay writing, solo song and poetry writing contests held to mark the celebrations. He unveiled a portrait of Kamaraj and offered floral tributes.

Total enrolment

Minister for Forest N. Selvaraj observed that the State Government was taking all steps to enrol all children and was striving achieve cent per cent literacy rate. Vacancies for the post of teachers were being filled up in phases and that was reflected in the improvement in pass percentage among schools, he said.

Mayor Sarubala R. Tondaiman observed that education made a tremendous progress during Kamaraj’s governance and the introduction of mid-day meal scheme played a key role in bringing down the school drop-out rate to great extent.

District Revenue Officer B. Venkatapriya presided over the function. MLAs Anbil Periasamy, K.N. Sekaran, A. Soundarapandian, R. Rani and M. Rajasekaran, District Panchayat Chairperson V. Sangeetha and Deputy Mayor M. Anbazhagan offered felicitations.

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