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Compelled to introduce uniform school education system this year, the state government has shrugged off accusations that its implementation is shoddy. When opposition members raised issues concerning the implementation of Samacheer Kalvi in the state assembly on Monday, chief minister J Jayalalithaa and school education minister C Ve Shanmugham declined to take the blame for what they termed a half-baked system and pointed out that this was exactly what they had warned against.
When PMK floor leader Kaduvetti J Guru called for the implementation of the neighbourhood school concept and 25% reservation for underprivileged children in private schools under the RTE Act, Shanmugham was quick to retort, Before Samacheer Kalvi was implemented, the chief minister wanted to incorporate the RTE rules in the system. But it was you who wanted the uniform syllabus system as it is. Now you are asking for the implementation of the RTE Act. The RTE Act rules have not been framed yet. The chief minister will take steps. Guru replied, We want mistakes in Samacheer Kalvi to be removed before its implementation. To this, Jayalalithaa intervened to say, We wanted to implement Samacheer Kalvi but not in the half baked form that it is in. We wanted to streamline the system, make some changes and do it in due course of time. But all the other parties, including the PMK, said forget upgrading infrastructure and implement Samacheer Kalvi immediately. We went to the court. But the court too has asked us to implement the system this year. So what can we do now AIADMK MLA P Dhansingh wondered why when there was a State Common Board of School Education under Samacheer Kalvi, four boards of education state board, Anglo-Indian, matriculation and oriental continued to function. The boards should be merged and the common board should be given autonomy, he said. Responding to this, Shanmugham noted that a one member committee under MP Vijaykumar, a former bureaucrat, had suggested there was no need to merge the boards and that the individual directorates need not be dissolved. SOPS FOR STUDENTS 14,377 teachers to be appointed Rs 260 crore to be spent on building labs, classrooms and toilets in 236 government higher secondary schools Students will be allowed to write supplementary exam in June/July even if they fail in all subjects Students to get smart cards containing details that will help officials track school dropouts.
Courtesy: Times of India
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