It is aimed at strengthening students’ English language skills
COIMBATORE: The Hindu’s Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme was launched at the Corporation Girls Higher Secondary School, Ramakrishnapuram, here on Friday.
Inaugurating the programme, Mayor R.Venkatachalam said that learning of English could be made much easier for the students through this initiative. Corporation school students were well versed in Tamil, but not everyone was competent in spoken and written English, he added.
The programme, which aimed solely at strengthening the students’ English language skills, would open to them a world of job opportunities. Deputy Mayor N.Karthik said the programme would inculcate in students the habit of reading English newspapers. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairman of the Education Committee R.Kalyanasundaram Congress Floor Leader in the Corporation Council R.S.Thirumugham and Chairman of East Zone S.M.Samy contributed about Rs.6,000 to students to enable them buy the newspaper. Though everyone read newspapers, there were still very few among the lower middle class who could afford English newspapers, Chief Educational Officer S.Karmegam said. He advised the students to apportion some time for the newspaper daily. The exercise would help them in the understanding of the language. “Make a note of words you don’t understand and consult the dictionary. Gradually, you will be able to understand the language well,” he said. The NIE programme was started by The Hindu in October 2004 in 30 schools in the region. It reached out to 10,000 students. In the last three years, it has spread to 200 schools covering 50,000 students. The programme will be taken to 350 schools so that its benefits can reach more than one lakh students. It also aims at reaching out to all Corporation schools that has English medium along with Tamil medium.
Assistant principal of the school P.Ramdoss said the programme would be carried forward with earnestness as the ultimate goal of the school was to make its students globally competent, which was possible only if they had a strong grasp of English. Leader of the Opposition in the Corporation Council V.N.Udayakumar, Corporation Education Officer W.Robert Karunakaran and Member of the Education Committee Karthik Selvaraj were also present. Corporation schools interested in implementing this programme can contact the Senior Regional Manager of The Hindu at 2212572.