Schools Reopening on June 10
The territorial administration on Monday issued an order delaying the reopening of schools by a week due to the prevailing heat wave in Puducherry.
T. Thiyagarajan, Minister for School Education, said the government was of the view that the current climatic condition was not conducive to reopen schools as per the schedule on 3rd June, 2013. Moreover, it had received representations from various forums for a delayed reopening. Hence, it was decided to reopen schools on 10th June, 2013. It would be applicable to all schools. The communication would be sent to all schools immediately.
320 Corporation School Students given Education Loan
A total of 320 Corporation school students who had completed Standard XII were given provisional sanction letters for education loan on 23rd May, 2013 to enable them pursue higher education.
The Corporation schools’ toppers in the board exanimations were also honoured at a function.
Addressing the function, Collector M. Karunagaran said that the quantum of education loans being given in the district had more than doubled from 2010 – 11 to 2012 – 13.
Dispelling the notion that education loans were only for students applying for certain colleges, he said that even those taking management quota or going to self-financing colleges could apply.
Mayor S.M. Velusamy said that the Corporation was planning to recognise teachers who produce excellent academic results. The infrastructure of Corporation schools were being upgraded and brought on a par with the best of private schools. School students were being given many incentives ranging from slippers and bicycles to laptops to create the next generation of leaders for the country, he added.
Corporation Commissioner G. Latha said that the initiative was intended to make hassle – free the process of obtaining education loans. Students, however, also had the responsibility of repaying the loans so that the future generation of students would also get such help.
U. Ramesh Kumar, Canara Bank, General Manager, Coimbatore Circle, said that this exercise was an example of the bank’s commitment to students’ education. Canara Bank is the lead bank for Coimbatore district and was providing the loans to all these students.
J. Vanangamudi, District Lead Bank Manager, said that the provisional sanction letters would enable the students get education loans once they obtain admissions.
A month before the Plus Two board examinations, a meeting of Corporation school headmasters was held in which they were asked to bring their top 10 students for education loans, he added.
Educational assistance given to School Students
Collector M. Karunagaran on Monday gave away educational assistance worth 18.50 lakh to 37 school students from the city who had either lost their income earning parent or income generation capability.
According to an official release, each student was provided 50,000 by the State Government to ensure their education continued.
Further, acting on a petition, he also gave as accident relief a sum of 1.02 lakh to a farmer under the ‘Uzahavar Padhukappu Thittam.’
Mr. Karunagaran also sanctioned a monthly assistance of 1,000 to three differently able persons after they had submitted a petition on 7th April, 2013.
Old Age Pension
The Collector also received petitions seeking pattas, Old Age Pension, ration cards, employment, inclusion into Below Poverty Line list, aid under the schemes for differently abled, removal of encroachments and education loan.
He forwarded the petitions to the officials concerned and directed to take action.
Science Expo at Akshara School 2013
Akshara International School organised a science exhibition at its Chuttugunta branch here on 25th February, 2013. The students displayed many models related to science and technology. Some models were made on seasons, life styles, rural housing, and types of houses in different regions.
Satavahana College Principal M. Vivekananda, Jana Vignana Vedika State Secretary Velaga Srinivas, School Principal Kakarla Sarada Anil Kumar and others were present.
LKG Admissions postponed to May
The Education Department officials have cancelled the LKG admissions made for the academic year 2013 – 14 in all the schools of Coimbatore district, for violating government norms that mandate that admissions should be conducted by all schools uniformly and only in the month of May.
A team comprising Chief Education Officer A. Gnanagowri, District Elementary Education Officer ( DEEO ) T. Ganeshamoorthy, District Educational Officer ( Coimbatore ) R. Balamurali and Inspector of Matriculation Schools ( IMS ) K. Kailas stopped the admission process that was underway at the Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore.
LKG Applications 2013
According to officials, the school had collected a total of 326 applications for LKG and as many as 120 parents were told to come to the school on Monday for the admission process.
When the parents approached the officials, they were informed that they could admit their wards only during May. The school was told to stringently follow the procedures laid down by the Government in the admission process.
LKG Capitation Fees
Further, the schools were also warned not to conduct “any screening process” for admissions to LKG, as mandated by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ( RTE ) Act, 2009.
The Act required all private schools to reserve 25 per cent of seats to children from weaker sections of the society and prohibited the practice of collecting donation or capitation fees.
According to sources, the inspection at Stanes School was undertaken after the information was provided by a member of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, a statutory autonomous body established in March 2007 under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, to safeguard the interests of children.
The school also put up a notice from the Principal immediately, stating that the admissions were postponed to May.