Schools reopen in TN, distribution of books begins

School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi & MSME Minister TM Anbarasan also inaugurated initiatives for the Aadhaar registration of students and the opening of savings accounts through the post office.
School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi & MSME Minister TM Anbarasan distributed books to children at a government school in Chennai
School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi & MSME Minister TM Anbarasan distributed books to children at a government school in ChennaiPhoto | R Ayyapan , EPS

CHENNAI: Schools across Tamil Nadu, which follow the state board syllabus, reopened on Monday after extended summer holidays.

As part of this, School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister TM Anbarasan distributed books to children at a government school in Chennai.

The ministers also inaugurated initiatives for the Aadhaar registration of students and the opening of savings accounts through the post office.

Speaking at the event, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said the state government has allocated `1.57 lakh crore to the school education department so far. “The government is working to ensure that all the schemes reach students of government and aided schools. The department has taken steps to ensure that study materials, including books, are distributed to students on the first day of school. This year, textbooks are being distributed to over 70.67 lakh students, notebooks to 60.75 lakh students and map books to 8.22 lakh students,” he said.

Students possing wih new text books, which was disributed on the same day of school reopening after summer vaction at Seva Sangam girls HS school in Tiruchy on Monday
Students possing wih new text books, which was disributed on the same day of school reopening after summer vaction at Seva Sangam girls HS school in Tiruchy on MondayExpress/M K Ashok Kumar

He added that there are several schemes in the offing for the schoolchildren and they will be announced in the assembly session starting on June 24.

The minister also noted that registration services for Aadhaar in schools, which started last year, benefited 48,000 students so far. This year, biometric data for 60 lakh children will be renewed with the help of 770 employees appointed by Elcot across 414 education districts.

Starting next year, Aadhaar registration for 16-18 lakh children will be conducted annually in schools. Additionally, an agreement to open savings accounts for all children has been signed with the postal department, benefiting 66.3 lakh children, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister MK Stalin extended his greeting to the students, wishing them a great year ahead. He also appealed to parents and teachers to focus on the mental and physical well-being of students, encourage them to read more, participate in sports, and ensure their happiness.

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