Division of Educational Dists in Pipeline
VELLORE: While the performance of Vellore district in school education has improved in the past 10 years, efforts are also on by the Educational Department here to introduce changes in the administrative set-up to further improve the standard of education, infrastructure and to reduce delay in rendering service.
As Vellore is one of the biggest districts in the State in terms of school administration, academicians and social activists have been underlining the need for two more educational districts from the existing two that would help officials and schools in bettering administration and quality of education.
Their plea received a shot in the arm when the School Education Minister K C Veeramani, who also hails from this district, assured the officials at a review meeting conducted on Saturday that the need for bifurcating the existing two educational districts would be actively considered after discussing the same with the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
He added that efforts would also be made to appoint an inspector of matriculation schools for the district.
Vellore district was formed in 1994 with an area of around 5,900 square kilometres when it was bifurcated from the erstwhile North Arcot district, separating Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts. Two educational districts of Vellore and Tirupattur were also formed with the chief educational officer headquartered in Vellore. Each of these educational districts covers 10 blocks each, that come under 11 taluks.
At present, a total 580 schools (government, aided and private) is under the control of both Vellore (287) and Tirupattur (293) educational districts. On an average, around 85,000 students usually get enrolled in high schools, 1.7 lakh in higher secondary schools and another 1.3 lakh in the private schools. This year, around 59,000 students had appeared for the 10th board examination while over 42,000 took the Plus-Two examination.
The problem lies, for instance, in inspecting the schools or to distribute educational aids in faraway taluk of Arakkonam in Vellore educational district. As officials have to travel around 115 km from Vellore to one end of the district.
Similarly, the end-to-end distance in Tirupattur educational district is around 110 km. Officials lose productive days due to travelling. If these two educational districts were bifurcated, it would make things easy for the administrators and schools to focus on quality education. It would also remove many anomalies in the existing system. For example, the grouping of schools in the educational districts was done without taking into consideration proximity, convenience and better service aspects.
The Education Department had sent proposals in this regard but they never saw light. With the assurance of the School Education Minister on Saturday, hopes have dawned on officials and the teaching community that their long-pending demand would be fulfilled soon.