The district panchayat here is setting up classroom libraries in government schools in the district as part of strengthening public education sector.
In the first phase, classroom libraries will be set up in eighth and ninth classes in 23 selected schools.
Shelves for arranging the libraries are already being supplied to these schools. The plan envisages one book shelf each in the classrooms. Books for the libraries will be collected from students.
Announcing the plan in a press release here, district panchayat president K.V. Sumesh said that the classroom library project was aimed at drawing students to the large world outside the syllabus.
The tendency to focus only on text books is growing among the students, he added. The schools where the classroom libraries are being set up in the first phase is government high schools at Peringome, Rayarom, Sreepuram, Irikkur, Ulikkal, Pala, Aralam, Malur, Chittariparamba, Cheruvanchery, Kathirur, Palayad, Vengad, Chala, Edayannur, Chattukappara, Kannadiparamba, Azhikode, Pappinissery, Mattool, Kunhimangalam, Chuzhali and Mathamangalam.
Total 221 shelves are being supplied through RUBCO for the project. The remaining schools under the district panchayat will be given the shelves in the next phase, the release said.
The local body was launching this year various projects estimated at Rs. 17 crore for improving academic standards and infrastructure in schools, Mr. Sumesh said.
The projects include construction of building (Rs. 9.3 crore), repair (Rs. 5.88 crore), Class I improvement (Rs. 50 lakh), installation of solar panels in schools (Rs. 18 lakh), purchase of furniture (Rs. 32 lakh), purchase of computers and other devices (Rs. 30 lakh), installation of CCTV cameras in schools (Rs. 10 lakh) and activities under the comprehensive education programme (Rs. 80 lakh) and organisation of science fest (Rs. 80 lakh), he said.
Books for libraries to be collected from students
To attract students to the large world outside syllabus
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