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Revoke dismissal of 4 students, activist urges edu secy

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Chennai: Change India director and child rights activist A Narayanan on Friday sought the intervention of education secretary D Sabitha to revoke the dismissal order against four girl students by Namakkal education department on charges of consuming alcohol in the classroom.

In a letter to the secretary, Narayanan said the students should be readmitted and referred to professional counsellors to minimise the damage done to their psyche. “Activists and educationalists have long been insisting on establishment of counselling centres in all schools, and colleges, and appointment of independent counsellors to assist students to overcome psychological and emotional stress,” he said.

The activist had moved the Madras high court and urged it to take effective steps to ensure implementation of TN Liquor Retail Vending Rules, 20113, which prohibits sale of liquor to anyone below 21 years.

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Teachers urged to upgrade skills to handle special kids

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Chennai: Director of School Education S Kannappan on Friday said all teachers in schools must have knowledge about learning disabilities as they play a crucial role in integrating children with special needs into a regular classroom set-up.

The director was speaking at the launch of remedial education services by Don Bosco, Egmore that trains school teachers to identify, handle and address special needs of students to promote inclusive education to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of the school.

“Teachers should educate themselves more about learning disabilities and work in a way to mould each child as the best student. Teachers dealing with such children must observe more and also have more patience. They must integrate the children subtlety without allowing them to feel any discrimination,” he said.

Kannappan also spoke about the education system in the country where he said learning must be a joyful process leading to wholistic development. The director also shed light on the indirect impact that modern society can have on children and their communication patterns.

“Children are very communicative and need people around them. There was a time when most families included grandparents who would be around when children needed to express. With nuclear families, the same environment may not be available,” he said.

Indira Krishna Kumar, principal, Don Bosco School of Excellence, also highlighted the role of parents in handling disabilities. “The instances of learning disabilities have been on the rise but the acceptance of the situation is abysmally low” she said.

Father John Alexander, rector and correspondent of Don Bosco, pointed out that a learning disability was not a sickness but only a difficulty that could be overcome.

The remedial education service is being carried out by CARE Institute of Behavioural Sciences and will be opened up to teachers of other schools from January next year.

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Garbage, puddles continue to ail Adyar

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Chennai: Days after rain stopped, areas like Adyar, Thiruvanmiyur and Besant Nagar remain waterlogged in parts and littered with garbage on the whole. And the rain predicted for Saturday could make things messier.

Overflowing dustbins on sub-arterial roads such as Kalakshetra Road raise the risk of a disease outbreak. Lime bleach powder sprayed around dustbins on Thursday was not seen on Friday.

The corporation park on Sivasundar Avenue 2 {+n} {+d} Street has been flooded since rain started a month ago. The green space is now a haven for mosquitoes and contaminants that are posing health risks to residents. Sewage from a manhole on the street is overflowing into a nearby storm water drain.

A corporation official promised that garbage-related complaints would be resolved by Friday night.

Kalakshetra Road residents have found a solution of their own to a vexatious problem. With storm water drains on adjoining LB Road clogged, water is flowing on to Kalakshetra Road where there are no storm water drains. To keep water from the adjoining road out, residents have built a speed breaker-like bump to block the water.

Kalakshetra Road resident Dhanasekar said, “Stangated water from the basemant parking lots of the nearby flats is also pumped out on our street. We have made repeated complaints, but to no avail.”

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