Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly four lakh children
Tuesday entered the portals of schools in Kerala by joining in
the first standard as the academic year began after the summer
The occasion was celebrated as ?Entrance Festival?
throughout the state with schools being decked up with
flowers, ribbons, balloons and buntings to cheer up the
children who made their way to the class rooms with their
Teachers welcomed the children offering sweets and their
first day at school was all play and no work.
Addressing a gathering at a school here, Education
Minister M A Baby said it would be ensured that all the
children learnt Malayalam or their mother tongues like Tamil
or Kannada in the border areas.
According to Baby, the state was truly proud of its
achievements in education as it had already met most of the
targets recently set as part of the Right to Education Act.
The state, however, should be rewarded by the Centre with
a special incentive and financial packages for quality
improvement, he said.
According to the state Economic Review, Kerala has a
total of 12649 schools of which 4501 are government
institutions, 7284 are aided schools and 864 unaided