Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article

Home > News > PTI

Kumbakonam fire: Greed for grants-in-aid

July 19, 2004 14:00 IST

The Sri Krishna Primary Schoolat Kumbakonam, where a devastating fire claimed 90 lives last week, had moved English-medium students from the ground floor of the school building to the Tamil-medium classes on the upper floors to fulfil a condition to claimgovernment aid.

Also Read

Kumbakonam: Abandoned by its gods

The second floor was one of the worst affected by the fire.

According to information available, English-medium students were moved to the second floor just hours before an inspection visit by an education officer.

As per the norms, the teacher-student ratio should be 1:40 in Tamil-medium section of a private school if it claims grants-in-aid from the government.

As the strength of Tamil medium in the school was low, English-medium students were asked to change their uniform and move to the second floor,an education officer at Pudukottai said.

The fire struck even as the school authorities awaited the arrival the education officer's arrival.

Several parents have alleged it was a normal practice in the school to move students from English medium to Tamil medium before inspections.

More reports from Tamil Nadu
Read about: Cases Against J Jayalalitha | Cauvery Water Dispute

© Copyright 2006 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 1

Sub: Greed for Grants-in -aid

19 July,04 The Price that parents paid Kumbakonam tragedy & simillar ones is because of the sanctions accorded to Politicians & their cronies to run ...

Posted by Major H.K.Rangachar(Retd)



Copyright 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.