Tenkasi government school yet to get green light to use temple land – The New Indian Express

Express press service

TENKASI: Lack of land available for construction of classrooms has left up to 240 of the 565 students of the Government Higher Secondary School to study at Panchayat Village Service Center, Bicycle Parking, Anna Library Marumalarchi and even under the trees at Vinaitheerthanadarpatti of Thippanampatti panchayat near Pavoorchatram. “We need six more classrooms to accommodate these students and set up labs,” said school principal Chandrasekar.

Parents of students said there had been an increase in admissions after the school was transformed into an upper secondary school in 2018. “There were no space constraints before the transformation. Many of us from Thippanampatti, Madathur, Kalloorani, Sivagamiyapuram, Ariyapuram, Pavoorchatram and Keezhapavoor have admitted our children to this school. However, the state government has not constructed additional classrooms due to lack of land within the school premises,” they said.

Activist P Thangaraj said students kicked out of classrooms were reporting health issues such as allergies and itching. “The school lacks a sufficient playground, library and toilets for the students. They park their bikes on the side of the roads with a risk of theft,” he added. Furthermore, Thangaraj pointed out that he and DMK District Secretary P Sivapadmanathan met with HR&CE Minister PK Sekar Babu to seek 4.76 acres of unused temple land on lease for the construction of the building. from school.

“The land belongs to Panpozhi Thirumalaikumarasamy Temple. 23 of the 35 tenants who were in possession of this land died. Those who are alive have not paid the lease amount for the past few years. The school’s management committee passed a resolution on March 20 requesting the temple land for the school, he added.

Meanwhile, an official, seeking anonymity, said: ‘We are checking whether HR&CE standards allow us to turn over unused land to the public school on the grounds that some tenants have gone into default and many have died.

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