Each principal will receive an advance amount for minor repairs to ensure that the infrastructure is on par with private facilities.
The company, which operates 119 primary schools, 92 middle schools, 38 high schools and 32 high schools, has allocated ₹1. 8 crore for internet connections in 70 middle and high schools. This, an education official said, was paramount post-pandemic as the digital divide was glaring during the lockdown.
“Although the education of private school children was not affected, our children were not even able to access a laptop and even the teachers felt handicapped. This will prepare us for the future,” he said.
Infrastructure improvements include ₹23.6 billion sanitary napkin vending machines to prevent girls from dropping out of school,
5. 4cr of CCTV cameras and ₹6. 9 crore for upgrading. Also, ₹16.3 crore will be allocated for renovation and maintenance of buildings, ₹25 crore under the CITIIS project will be used to improve business schools and an additional ₹50 crore will be used for Singara Chennai 2. 0 funds to provide better classrooms and high-tech labs in 23 schools.
Regil D Samy, Executive Director of Arunodaya, an NGO working in North Chennai, said many girls from Korukkupet and Washermenpet had dropped out of company schools mainly due to broken toilets. “So if they plan to improve the infra, it will not only reduce dropout rates but also improve enrollment. But the focus should be on the teacher-student ratio and the quality of education. ”
The Corporation Deputy Commissioner (Education) D Sneha said the focus would be on infrastructure and quality of education. “We will work on more such projects and improve toilets and play areas. We want to improve the whole learning environment. ”