Students’ creative works hog attention

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Poetry, prose, short stories, drawings and diary jottings of school students of the district hogged the attention at a State-level review committee meeting of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) held here on Tuesday.

Student creativity, spotting and encouraging talent were part of the discussions at the review meeting.

Many of these works were showcased at the SSA meeting venue at the Nalanda auditorium.

On show was ‘Elam Thenelle’ from O.M. Ahkil Raj of SGMSP, Vadakara, ‘Ottamayil Peeli’ from Azchavattom High School, ‘Reghachitrangal’ from Ujval of Parambil Lower Primary School, and many others.

Rural school on top

Parambil Lower Primary School, a rural school with 125 students, topped the list with as many as five publications of students to its credit.

The school had been publishing at least one work of a student on an average a year for the last five years, probably the only such school in the State.

These include ‘Panathatha’ from O.M. Akhilraj, ‘Farzanayude Diary Kurippugal’ (Farzana), ‘Rekhachitrangal’ from Ujval and ‘Anjanayude Kathukal’ (Anjana).

The school is to release another creative work of a student shortly.

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom will formally release ‘Vangmaya Chitrangal’ of Thejna S. Suresh at a programme to be held on January 11.

Shashi Kumar Purameri, district programme officer, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, said the publications brought out by schools in the State would be exhibited at the school youth festival in Kollam.

“Excerpts from these books will be highlighted for inclusion in reference readings for school students,” he said.

Review of schools

The SSA State-level team had conducted a block-based review of the schools in the district on Monday.

Besides State SSA programme director B. Vijaya Kumar and consultant Dr. Anand, trainers, assistant educational officers, and select presidents of panchayats participated in the meeting.