Chennai: Holding that a common syllabus alone
cannot ensure quality education, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa on Friday made a slew of announcements for improving
school education, including appointment of more than 18,000
teaching and non-teaching staff.
Making an announcement in the Assembly, she said more than
700 lower and middle-level schools would be upgraded and over
18,000 teachers and non-teaching staff would be appointed.
While some programmes, including the Rs 1082.71-crore
infrastructure development scheme for schools would be
implemented as part of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, a Centre-State
initiative, the state will grant funds from its own resources
for some other schemes, Jayalalithaa said.
"As it has been mentioned in Prof Muthukumaran Committee
(appointed to advise the government on Samacheer Kalvi or
Uniform Education) basic infrastructure is imperative (and)
common syllabus alone cannot be Samacheer Kalvi. My government
is well aware of this and Rs 1082.71 crore will be
allotted this year for upgrading infrastructure in schools,"
Further, with a view to improve teaching standards in
government-run schools, a new scheme, ICT@Schools, Tamil Nadu,
would be implemented, she said, adding, core concepts of
respective subjects would be computerised and presented in
"Efforts will be taken to use satellite-based dissemination
of compilation of lectures by best teachers to classrooms
under this scheme," she said.
Chess would be introduced for students between the age of
7-17 years to improve their intellectual grasp, she said.