'Corporation Schools are on Par with Private Institutions'

Campaigners suggest that schools should let students pursue their education in their mother tongue

Published: 02nd June 2014 10:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2014 10:38 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Sending your children to Corporation schools might lead to better results in terms of all round development, is what academicians and educationists say. Campaigning for Corporation schools, members of the Tamil Nadu Science Forum on Sunday said that the outstanding results produced by Corporation schools recently in Class 10 exams have  made them proud.

Urging the government to introduce a common State funded school system, the forum suggested bringing all children below 18 under the Right to Education Act.

Corporation schools are now on par with private schools and in certain cases, teachers are better qualified — is their argument.

“It is the duty of the State to provide quality education to its citizens. The neighbourhood school system in the mother tongue medium will go a long way in training better citizens in society,” said Prince Gajendrababu PB, general secretary, State Platform for Common School System, suggesting that every Corporation school should have equitable access on an experimental basis, developed into a system akin to the current system followed by the Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Yet another aspect that the campaigners are keen on is education in the medium of one’s own mother tongue.

Vasanthi Devi, former vice-chancellor, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University who launched the campaign, cited examples of European countries where education is imparted in the native language. “European countries like Germany and France educate their children in the medium of their own languages and yet they are in no way behind in terms of development,” she said. The educationist added that Corporation schools had better infrastructure and space than private institutions.

The Tamil Nadu Science Forum has planned to take this campaign for Corporation schools State wide by meeting parents on a door to door visit basis. Over 1,000 members of the forum in Tamil Nadu and about 200 in Chennai are set to take this campaign forward in the next few days. To become a member of this forum, contact: 9444453588 / 9444860976


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