Survey of resettled children

The School Education Department and the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) will be conducting a survey in the Perumbakkam resettlement colony on Saturday to identify the number of school-going children and dropouts.

Of the more than 20,000 houses in the Perumbakkam TNSCB tenements, over 13,000 have been allotted. Officials estimate there are over 8,000 children and of this, around 3,000 are studying in schools in and around the colony.

However, in order to get an exact figure of the number of school going children and to find out their needs, the school education department is conducting the survey.Over 160 teachers will take part in the survey exercise that will start at 8.30 a.m. The TNSCB has requested at least one member of the family to stay at home. “The teachers will go door-to-door to find out the number of children and if they are going to school. They will also understand the needs of the children including the medium of education they prefer and what is lacking in the schools in the colony,” said an official from the school education department.

Based on the survey, the School Education Department will conduct a meeting and decide upon amenities in the schools and upgrading the existing ones. Proposals for the same would be sent to the government.

“We have directions from the government to start a primary school immediately, if necessary. If the students need English-medium schools, we will send proposals for the same,” added an official from the department. According to the TNSCB officials, the exercise will be carried out in other resettlement colonies soon.

Meanwhile, parents said the main problem they face was the improper functioning of government schools. “They don’t complete the syllabus on time. Besides, the special care given in government or Chennai schools in the city is not found here. This is the reason why many take loans and shift their children to private schools,” said a parent.

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