Inspection teams focussing on kitchen safety

MADURAI, JULY 24. Teams, which are inspecting the thatched roof classrooms, are also focussing on safety in noon-meal kitchens in the Melur educational district, according to S. Chellam, District Educational Officer.

She said today that steps were taken to ensure that noon-meal kitchens in all schools were safe and did not face threat of fire accidents.

Ms. Chellam said the thatched structures in the kitchens in some schools had been removed and officials were preparing a final report.

She said safe alternative arrangements were made for cooking, while all precautionary measures were being taken to avert fire accidents.

The DEO said the inspection teams were now preparing another detailed report on other safety aspects, if there were dilapidated buildings in the schools. This was done on instructions from the Directorate of School Education, which had given a new format to be submitted by Education Department authorities in districts.

Ms. Chellam said the report would be submitted in a day or two, after getting necessary particulars.

The Collector, D. Raajendiran, inspected several schools in the Melur educational district and assured funds for government schools from the Sarva Siksha Abhaiyan.

After inspecting the schools at Samayanallur and Podhumbu, the Collector said funds could be made available from the SSA or from the Parent Teachers' Association.

The DEO said all schools, including government, aided, matriculation, nursery and panchayat, were being inspected thoroughly.

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