Special Correspondent

SALEM: Three teachers of `Smile' special schools of the Centre-aided National Child Labour Project (NCLP) in Salem district have been adjudged the best teachers for 2005-06.

Child labour

A release from the Project Director P.V. Viswanathan said the district had been taking all efforts to counter child labour, under the guidance of the Collector. The freed children would be enrolled in `Smile' special schools and later integrated into regular educational institutions.

NCLP had permitted 40 special schools in Salem district alone. To encourage outstanding performance among teachers in these schools, the Government began choosing the best teachers.

This year, the awards were presented to S. Sarathambal, (Vemanur School in Ayothipattinam union) who took pains to liberate 50 child labourers in her area and enrol them in the school. Of these, 29 had been admitted in the regular primary schools. M. Thulasi (Maniyanur, Salem Corporation) rescued 45 children and admitted them in `Smile' and regular schools.

Another teacher Shanthi (Panakadu, Salem Union) secured the release of 55 children and enrolled them in her `Smile' school. Collector N. Mathivanan distributed certificates to them.