671 TN govt schools to get hi-tech science lab

Chennai: As many as 671 schools run by the State government will be equipped with hi-tech science labs by the mid of January 2019, School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan today said.

Addressing the mediapersons, he said, “The laboratories will have state-of-the-art equipment and is aimed to trigger the scientific temperament of the students studying in government schools.”

Each school will be getting the lab facility at a total cost of Rs 20 lakh, the Minister said and added that the facility is coming up with the assistance from Central Government.

The State Education Minister said, “We are also planning to distribute free laptops to all students in classes of 11 and 12 in Government Higher Secondary Schools. It will be done by the end of January 2019.”

On NEET 2019, Sengottaiyan said, “A total of 26,000 medical aspirants from Tamilnadu have applied for NEET this year from government and government-aided schools in Tamilnadu.”

Plans are there to organise special coaching for students from State-run schools who are about to take up the national level eligibility test, he said.

Meanwhile, when a reporter raised a question about the ban on wearing anklets by girls in schools, Sengottaiyan responded, “It was not brought to his notice, as the decision was taken by School Education Department. Still, I believe the ban should be in force, because boys would get distracted by the sounds created by the anklets. However, there is no restriction for girls to have flowers on the hair.”

NT Bureau