Skill building for school teachers, infrastructure development in schools, use of innovative teaching methods including modern technology under public-private partnership approach would help Vellore district do better in school education, said former vice-chancellor of Madras University, Professor S P Thyagarajan.
Speaking at the ‘Achievers Appreciation Day’ organised by VIT University on Saturday, he quoted a recent survey of teachers from various regions of the country that said 72 per cent of the teachers felt that gratitude from students had decreased over the last decade. The survey also pointed out that declining student interest, and lack of training for teachers were among the reasons for the poor quality of education in the country, he said.
In his presidential address, VIT chancellor G Viswanathan said VIT has been felicitating the best performing headmasters of the government and government-aided schools in the district for the eleventh year in succession. Schools must impart value education and a sense of discipline among students.
While Kerala had changed the RTE age limit of students from 0-18 to receive compulsory education, Tamil Nadu should also emulate this model, he said. “A big change in education is required before we can enjoy the fruits of economic development,” he pointed out.
Chief educational officer T V Senguttuvan said headmasters played a vital role in the performance of schools. He urged the headmasters of all schools to work hard to make Vellore emerge among the top 10 districts in the State from its present position of 28.
Correspondents of Shrishti Matriculation School, Auxilium Higher Secondary School and Sunbeam Higher Secondary School received awards for producing state rankers in class X this year.