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NGOs' meet decides to improve education in district

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And also needs of government schools

For students: M.P. Vijaya Kumar, Honorary Advisor, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Government of Tamil Nadu, speaking at a meeting in the city on Sunday. President of the Chamber of Commerce M. Krishnan (second left) and Project Convenor Vanitha Mohan (left) are in the picture. — Photo: M. Periasamy
For students: M.P. Vijaya Kumar, Honorary Advisor, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Government of Tamil Nadu, speaking at a meeting in the city on Sunday. President of the Chamber of Commerce M. Krishnan (second left) and Project Convenor Vanitha Mohan (left) are in the picture. — Photo: M. Periasamy

Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Coimbatore (ICCIC) have decided to improve the quality of education and also attend to the needs of government schools in the district.

At ‘NGO Connect – The Power of One' programme, organised here on Sunday, the participants resolved to work to improve education in the district. The decision followed a presentation by M.P. Vijaya Kumar, honorary advisor, Sarva Siksha Abiyan, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Vijaya Kumar, quoting a National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) study, said that students in government schools lacked thinking ability, problem-solving skills, comprehension capacity, self- confidence and esteem, etc.

The critical gaps were in the methodology of teaching and not really in infrastructure, as the government did not suffer from dearth of resources.

He said that organisations or individuals interested in addressing the issue could take up remedial intervention (teaching students what they lacked), address the high student-teacher ratio, maintain assets and promote special talents in students. He then shared the outcomes of an intervention programme carried out at a government boys' and girls' school.

R. Raveendran, honorary secretary, Residents' Awareness Association of Coimbatore, presented a slideshow on the organisation's achievements and its plans.

Marudhamalai foothills lacked basic amenities – there was no proper bus shelter, drinking water facility and toilet, he said and proposed a plan for the pilgrim centre's development. He also spoke about the city's needs with regards to railways.

Vanitha Mohan, project convener, said the Chamber had been organising the interaction meeting with the NGOs for the third time and suggested a monthly meeting on first Sundays. M. Krishnan, president, ICCIC, welcomed the gathering and spoke on the need for developing Coimbatore.

Heads of various NGOs, industries, social organisations and others participated.

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