Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Government, committed to improving the quality of education, implemented a slew of welfare measures for the benefit of students besides sanctioning more funds this year, said A. Tamilarasi, Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare.

To equip poor students with good language skills, the Government established English training centres in 26 high schools at a cost of Rs.130 crore through Department of School Education. More centres were in the pipeline.

She was addressing the students of EVR Nagammai Corporation Higher Secondary School at the Education Development Day celebrations organised to mark the birth anniversary of Kamaraj here on Tuesday.

Pointing out that similar celebrations were being organised in 1,643 schools in Madurai district, the Minister said that the Government had sanctioned Rs.118 crore for computers to be distributed to 1,880 schools, besides sanctioning Rs.69.11 crore for 1,583 schools for improving infrastructure in the State.

Similarly, for the welfare of Adi Dravidar students, the Government had sanctioned Rs.771 crore, of which Rs.600 crore would be spent exclusively on education. She was happy that the pass percentage in Adi Dravidar schools had increased from 54 per cent to 70 per cent in Plus Two examinations and from 70 to 78 per cent in SSLC examinations.

Collector S. S. Jawahar said that as the society was transforming into a ‘knowledge society,’ the Government had taken several steps to provide free education to all. In Madurai district, activity-based learning was implemented in 1,320 schools. Steps were being taken to distribute 65,000 tables at a cost of Rs.75 lakh to schools, he said and added that 45,000 tables had been given. The Collector distributed prizes to top scorers in SSLC examinations and winners of competitions .