Trichy: Tablet computers will be given to three lakh’s government school students studding in classes 6th to 8th in Tamil Nadu, said school education minister KA Sengottaiyan on Friday. An announcement in the regard is expected by January 20, the minister said at an event held here to distribute recognition letters to private nursery and primary schools.
Higher secondary students in government and government-aided schools are already getting free laptops in the state.
The minister said the government had formulated a plan to replace 80,000 blackboards with smart-boards in government schools. An announcement on establishing 7,200 smart classroom is epected after January 15.
The state government has decided to create the post of a each at 7,042 AtalTinkering Labs (ATL). ATLs equipped with 3D printer and computers are set up in schools under a central scheme to make children innovators.
On reopening of schools, Sengottaiyan said saving the lives of children was the priority of the government than schools. A decision would be taken after consultation with stakeholders.
Addressing members of private schools, he said state government understood the issues faced by the self-financing schools due to Covid-19. Therefore, the government had released Rs.370Cr in advance to private schools for seats filled under the Right to Education(RTE)Act.