TAMIL NADU

Computer-aided learning in elementary schools

Staff Reporter

Part of innovations in classroom `transactions'

MADURAI: The State Government was very particular in introducing computer-aided learning (CAL) in elementary schools in a big way as part of innovations in classroom `transactions,' J. Uma Maheswari, Director of Elementary Education, said here on Saturday.

She said that there would not be any compromise in ensuring safety of children in schools "and all private schools must adhere to the safety norms prescribed by the Government after the Kumbakonam fire tragedy."

Ms. Uma Maheswari was speaking to reporters at the Madurai regional conference of Tamil Nadu Matriculation Schools Association and the Tamil Nadu Nursery and Primary Schools Association.

Responding to a query, she said the Government was moving to the next stage of development of elementary schools after having created a larger awareness of safety and infrastructure.

"The classroom transactions at elementary school level will go in for a change. Our concentration is on innovations in which CAL is one aspect," the Director said.

According to her, the quality of education is improving in all government elementary schools and the State is leading on that front due to a sustained focus on reducing dropouts and creating quality infrastructure.

Ms. Uma Maheswari urged parents to admit their children only in recognised schools in the interest of their safety.

"Schools have been asked to follow the stringent conditions recommended by the Justice Sampath Commission. And wherever there are violations, recognition will be withdrawn," she said.

K. Natarajan, District Elementary Education Officer, and B. Panneerselvam, Inspector of Matriculation Schools (Madurai district), were among those who took part in the conference.