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Guild of Service helps poor kids get admission in private schools

Komala prepared these children for the interviews at the schools. Photo: V. Ganesan   | Photo Credit: V_GANESAN

T. Komala cannot stop talking about Keertana, Rithika, Jessy, Vaishali and Godson. She has helped them as they took unsteady steps with their baby feet. And now, she has helped them walk into prestigious private schools. “Last week, they met me and were excited as they described the play equipment at the their school grounds and the rhymes they were taught,” says Komala, a teacher with the crèche at a slum in Mangalapuram, Chetpet, where these children were raised. Komala has been instrumental in these five children getting admission in three private schools under the Right to Education Act.Of the 13 children from the day care centre who sought admission under RTE Act in private schools, five made it.Two of them are in Chinmaya Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Taylor’s Road, another two in Sherwood Senior Secondary School and one in Lady Andal Matriculation Higher Secondary School.The Mangalapuram unit is among the 13 day care centres run under the Nutrition on Wheels programme of the Guild of Service and Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme.

It is the first time the Guild has facilitated the admission of children to a private school. This move is expected to create more awareness about the RTE Act.

“Komala teacher explained the RTE Act to the parents of these children. She prepared these children for the interview,” says Saraswathi Gopalakrishnan, vice-chairperson of the Guild.

The Guild is next planning to educate parents and teachers from other units on the Act.

“We run seven crèches on East Coast Road,” she says.

According to G. Perumal Swamy, joint secretary, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, there are around 1,184 creches run under the Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme.

“We give only a meagre amount to run these units and the rest of the expense is borne by the respective NGO. Other NGOs should also do their bit to create more awareness about the Act,” he says.


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