TAMIL NADU

Special funds sought

IN RECOGNITION: PWD Minister Durai Murugan giving away a prize to one of the best teacher awardees at a function at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School in Gandhinagar near Vellore on Saturday. Vellore Collector C. Rajendran (third from right) and MLAs C. Gnanasekharan (right) and R. Gandhi are in the picture.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

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To procure benches and desks for all government schools

VELLORE: Recipients of Dr. Radhakrishnan Best Teacher Awards from Vellore district were felicitated by Public Works Department Minister Durai Murugan at the Teachers’ Day celebrations organised by the Department of School Education at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School in Gandhinagar near here on Saturday. He presented prizes and shawls to them.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that parents tend to put their children in school at a premature age just because they did not have the patience to look after them at home. But, it was a teacher who moulds them into good citizens, taking care of them right from childhood. The teaching profession was the noblest profession in the world. Unlike in the past when the teachers did not enjoy a good status in society compared to engineers, the situation had reversed today, with teachers enjoying greater respect than the engineers.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that Englishmen realised the greatness of India only after hearing lectures on philosophy by S. Radhakrishnan, teacher-turned President of India, whose birthday is being celebrated as Teachers’ Day.

C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore, who presided, called upon the teachers to work hard to improve the results of the government schools in the district. It was regrettable that Vellore district, where Radhakrishnan studied, ranked 25th in pass percentage in Standard X and Plus Two public examinations in the State.

C. Gnanasekharan, Vellore MLA, urged the government to allot special funds to provide benches and desks to the government schools in the State, which did not have any or sufficient furniture.

He said that even today, there were many government schools in Vellore district where the students were forced to sit on the floor in the classrooms owing to absence of benches and desks. He urged the State government to implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission in respect of the teachers.

He requested the teachers to ensure 100 per cent results in their schools.

Mr. Gnanasekharan requested Mr. Durai Murugan to impress upon the Minister for School Education the need to fill vacancies in the teaching posts in Urdu medium schools in Vellore district. The vacancies remained unfilled for a long time, he said.

G. Moorthy, Chief Educational Officer, Vellore, welcomed the gathering.

MLAs R. Gandhi (Ranipet) and A. Chinnasamy (Pernambut), Sheela Rajan, chairperson, Vellore District Panchayat, Prameela Dayanidhi, chairperson, Katpadi panchayat union, M. Paramasivam, president, Gandhinagar town panchayat and T.A. Mohammed Saqhy, Food Corporation of India Advisory Committee member spoke.