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Teachers always command respect, says Arcot N.Veeraswami

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Acknowledging their effort: N. Veeraswami, Electricity Minister, giving away the award to a teacher at the function. Thangam Thennarasu, School Education Minister is in the picture.
Acknowledging their effort: N. Veeraswami, Electricity Minister, giving away the award to a teacher at the function. Thangam Thennarasu, School Education Minister is in the picture.

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Presents Dr. Radhakrishnan awards to 364 schoolteachers

CHENNAI: The Dr. Radhakrishnan awards for schoolteachers instituted by the State government were distributed at a function here on Saturday.

State Electricity Minister N. Veeraswami said that the profession always commanded respect.

Teachers took pride whenever their students scaled greater heights.

When N.T. Sundaravadivelu was the School Education Director, he had ordered the creation of high schools every fifth mile. Later, during the tenure of C.N. Annadurai as Chief Minister, free education up to the level of the Pre-University Course was introduced. Now, this had been extended to the college level, he pointed out.

Realising the importance of education, the DMK bifurcated the Education Department into two – School Education and Higher Education.

To help schoolteachers the government introduced the counselling system for their transfer.

Mr. Veeraswami said at present a large number of teachers from private schools received the President’s medal for best teacher.

Next year more number of government schoolteachers should get it.

In any welfare project or people-oriented schemes teachers played a vital role, said Thangam Thennarasu, School Education Minister.

Citing the examples of census work, election work or enumeration for ration cards, he said the services of teachers were utilised.

The State government spent Rs.80 lakh during 2008-09 from the Teacher’s Welfare Fund for the higher education of children of schoolteachers.

Mr. Veeraswami distributed the Dr. Radhakrishnan best teacher awards to 364 schoolteachers.

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