Seven Schools upgraded in Salem District

Seven Schools upgraded in Salem District

The State government has upgraded three government middle schools into high schools and four high schools into higher secondary schools in Salem district this year, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has said. He was speaking after inaugurating the upgraded Periyakadampatti Government High School, near Omalur, on Saturday.

Middle schools

The Minister said that apart from the Periyakadampatti school, two government middle schools, Ulipuram and Kizhakkurajapalayam, were upgraded into high schools this year. Similarly the high schools at Murungapatti, Deviyakurichi, Kullappanur and Santhadanapatti were upgraded into higher secondary schools.

A total of 24 students were admitted in Standard IX in the Periyakadampatti School, he said and appealed to the teachers to ensure quality education.

Reservation

Mr. Arumugam said it was the DMK government which gave 30 per cent reservation for backward classes, 20 per cent for most backward classes, 18 per cent for the scheduled castes and one per cent for the tribal people.

The measures taken by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for the welfare of the backward class, most backward class, scheduled caste and scheduled tribes had improved the socio-economic status of the people in the State.

It was the Chief Minister who gave 15 per cent reservation in higher education to students from the rural areas, the Minister added.

Distributed

Later, the Minister handed over free colour television sets to 1,013 beneficiaries, free house sites to 243 persons and widow pension to eight persons.

Collector N. Mathivanan presided. Chief Educational Officer Sethurama Varma, District Backward Class Welfare officer Narayanamurthy and senior officials were present.