TAMIL NADU

Shift system in Perambalur schools till July 31

PERAMBALUR, JULY 24 . As a temporary measure for facilitating the smooth functioning of government and private schools during the course of setting up of asbestos sheets, the Collector, D. Vivekanandan, has ordered introduction of shift system till July 31.

The district administration has also made arrangements for the release of adequate funds to the government schools for setting up asbestos sheets.

In a press release issued here yesterday, the Collector said an official committee had conducted a district-wide survey and identified 124 schools, including 23 higher secondary schools, with thatched structures. All management schools had cleared thatched structures, following the notices issued to them.

With a view to ensuring proper handling of classes without any disruption for want of space, schools would function under shift system, he said.

As for primary schools, the elementary section (Standards I, II and III) would function on the morning shift while Standards IV and V would function on the afternoon shift. In the case of middle schools, morning shift would be introduced for the primary section (up to Standard V), while the middle school section would function on the afternoon shift. In the case of higher secondary schools, the middle and high school sections (Standards VI to X) would function on the morning shift, while the higher secondary classes would be conducted on the afternoon shift.

As for the government schools, a financial assistance of Rs.7,000 under the `Sarva Siksha Abhiyan' (Education for All) and additional funds from the general funds of the village panchayat concerned would be released for setting up fire-proof structures. The Block Development Officers had been instructed to release the funds, he added.

The thatched structures of the 109 noon meal centres in the district had also been cleared. Full-fledged with fire-proof structures would be constructed from Rs.10.70 lakhs sanctioned by the State Government during the current financial year, the Collector said.

The Collector inspected the private and management schools in Chathiramanai, Bommanapadi and Chettikulam villages, where work on clearing the thatches had been completed.

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