Chennai, Dec 19:
In order to encourage parents to send their young children to Anganwadi Centres, the government has decided to include Montessori Education based LKG/UKG classes at the centres that are a part of a middle school.
As part of the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme, the State government has announced the introduction of Montessori education-based LKG and UKG classes in all anganwadi centres functioning in middle schools across the State.
A government order said the aim was to encourage parents to send children to anganwadi centres and enrol children in government schools as well as improve learning, speaking and writing skills.
Minister for School Education K.A. Sengottaiyan said earlier this year that the School Education department was keen on offering LKG and UKG classes for children across the State. The government order too stated that they recognised that the number of students in the age group of 4 to 5 years had been declining in anganwadis as parents had turned to private schools for quality education with infrastructure such as modernized buildings, uniforms.Administrative approval was granted to 2,381 anganwadi centres, which have 52,933 children in government middle schools across the State, on a pilot basis for three years. While the School Education department will incur an expenditure of Rs.610.57 lakh , the Social Welfare department will incur Rs.162.75 lakh.
Under the Early Childhood Education programme, each anganwadi centre would be allotted Rs.5,000, which will be used to meet expenses for educational kits, teaching and learning materials such as pencils and crayons.
The School Education department has been instructed to ask the extra teachers to conduct kindergarten classes. The government is also planning to conduct a baseline survey to study the learning outcomes and improvement in attendance among other indicators as part of the pilot implementation of these classes.