Department of History, Dharmamurti Rao Bhahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Hindu College (D.R.B.C.C.C.), Pattabiram, Chennai-600072, Tamil Nadu, IndiaDownload PDF
The special educational programmes in Chennai corporation schools were meant specially to motivate the students. The present study reports the outcome of the assessment done on special educational programmes conducted in Chennai Corporation schools. The administration of Chennai Corporation reported that in 1985-1986, a large number of schools was maintained by it. However, it drastically decreased in 1999-2000. Then the corporation decided to formulate effective policy to impart education. The following special educational programmes were taken up in corporation schools: teaching of handicrafts and pre-vocational subjects; crafts like carpentry, weaving, net wearing, tailoring, embroidery, printing and book binding were first taught to the teachers and then to the students. At the higher secondary level vocational courses such as automobile mechanism, typewriting, shorthand, photography, nursing, and food preparation and preservation were taught as job-oriented courses. After the implementation of the above special educational programmes, significant changes have happened. The number of schools increased from 329 to 354. The enrolment of students also increased from 1.32 to 1.54 lakhs. The pass percentage which stood at 55% in plus-2 in 1996 rose to 70%. As many as 30 new play schools were opened; nearly four thousand children were enrolled in these. Finally concluded that the special educational programs helped to develop the students’ knowledge.
Keywords: Special education; Chennai Corporation School; value based education
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