CHENNAI: The headmaster from a State Board school and another from a government-aided school were selected for the national award for best teachers for 2016 instituted by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.
G J Manohar, headmaster and correspondent of Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chetpet, and A Edith Deva Thayanithi, headmistress of CSI Middle School, Saidapet, would receive their awards on September 5.
An alumni of the Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chetpet, Manohar started as a teacher at the school in 1988. According to him, the award was given for the overall development of the school, quality of infrastructure and the academics. From after-school coaching classes, an open option especially for students who are first-generation learners who do not have proper facilities to remedial classes for lower classes, the school has been taking various initatives, he added.
“The uniqueness of this school is we have a mixture of students from different economic classes,” he said with pride. Devotion, determination and dedication to work are the motto that can make a student dynamic, believes Edith Deva Thayanithi, one of the two national award-winners from the city.
She started her career in teaching in 1987 in CSI Middle School in Tiruttani near Arakonam. After working in CSI schools in Perambur, she was made headmistress of the middle school in Saidapet.
“In my school, 90 per cent of the children are from scavenging background. I gave scholarship and minority scholarship out of my own interest. I approached the Collector’s office to give the students the scholarship,” she said.
During Chennai floods in 2015, she had opened the school for all flood victims. “Before I came to the Saidapet school, there was no proper building. I took iniative to construct the new building spending `32 lakh and also conducted science exhibition in the school,” said the winner of 2012 State award.