Stressing on the education department’s achievements in overhauling government-run schools, school education minister K A Sengottaiyan assured private schools that there was no reason for them to panic and urged them to continue with their good work.
“Private schools may be panicking over the unprecedented transformation of government schools in the state. They may be worried that their admissions would be affected as students may switch to government schools. But let me assure you, government has nothing against private schools,” he said.
Speaking at a function in a private school in Trichy, he said, “There are about 41 lakh children in private matriculation and CBSE schools in the state, predominantly in urban areas. Government’s policies are formulated keeping in mind the welfare of mainly children in rural areas. Therefore, our focus is different from that of the private schools and private schools need not panic,” said Sengottaiyan adding that there was only healthy competition between government and private schools.
He was speaking before handing over temporary recognition to 285 matriculation schools from 10 districts including Trichy on Monday. The recognition will be valid till May 19, 2019. Private schools have complained of facing issues in procuring the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) approval which was essential for getting recognition from the government.
Giving relief to the schools, the minister said that the state government had been giving temporary recognition in a phased manner. Sengotaiyan said that there were over 500 self-financing schools running without recognition from the state government and steps were being taken to award temporary recognition. By the end of November this year, 3,000 government schools would have smart classrooms. Besides, computerized classrooms would be made for Classes IX-XII. “Students from class 6 to 8 will be given tablet PC in the next four months and a total of 672 schools will have Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) which will be made at a cost of Rs 20 lakh each with the help of union government funding,” he added.