The distribution of geometry box sets for school students will be completed in all schools in a single day on Monday. This was announced at the inauguration of the distribution of geometry box sets for class six to class 10 students, at Anjuvattathamman Higher Secondary School in Keezhvelur on Saturday.

The scheme envisages distribution of geometry box sets of Rs.35 each to 60,562 girls and 61,115 boys in 457 schools in the district. A total of 1,21,677 students would be covered in all government and government-aided schools at a cumulative expenditure of Rs.42,58,695.

Minister of Fisheries K.A.Jayapal said that there were 23 free schemes such as provision of free pencils, notebooks and laptops, conceived specially for schools students. Primacy was accorded to the education of girls and free cycles and bus pass for girls have encouraged parents in sending their girls to secure an education without feeling the pinch of economic constraints. Free cycle scheme for girls have especially gone a long way in ensuring attendance and retention of school-going girls, and ensured their safety by providing them with easy mobility.

According to the Fisheries Minister, the State government has made highest allocations to education sector and women’s empowerment, as both were interlinked. Launching of 13 types of variety and nutritious food under the mid-day meal scheme was an effort at ensuring universal attendance of poor children.

Union-level training has been given to noon-meal cooks in the district to accommodate the 13 varieties of newly introduced mid-day meal as introduced by the Chief Minister, Mr.Jayapal said. Special caterers were deputed from Chennai for the purpose.

Asiya Mariam, District Revenue Officer, and V.Manikandan, Revenue Divisional Officer were present.