Department of School Education

Government of Tamil Nadu

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Article 45 of the Indian Constitution mandated the State to endeavor to provide, within a period of 10 years from the commencement of the Constitution, free and compulsory education for all children until they complete the age of 14 years.
By the 86th Amendment Act 2002, Article 21A of the Constitution was inserted declaring that right to education for all children from the age of 6 -14 is the fundamental right.
Elementary Education refers to the first phase of compulsory education that children obtain from the age of 6 to 14 years. It provides students the basic understanding of various subjects and develops critical thinking skills which they require throughout their lives.
In 2009 Parliament enacted the Right of Children to free and compulsory Education Act 2009 (Act 35 of 2009) with the object of free and compulsory education to all the children from the age of 6 - 14 years.
In order to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and to achieve the educational goals through Elementary Education, the Government of Tamil Nadu is taken lot of initiatives and introduced various welfare measures..

Objectives
Programs

  1. Noon Meal is being provided for all the children of Government and Aided Schools (Std 1-8).
  2. 4 Sets of Cost free Uniforms every year for all the children who are enrolled in Noon Meal programme (Std 1-8).
  3. Cost Free Text Books to all children in Government and Aided Schools and for Self Finance sections only Tamil medium Text Books are being provided (Std 1-8).
  4. Cost Free Note Books to all children of Government and Aided Schools (Std 1-8).
  5. Cost Free School Bag to all children of Government and Aided Schools (Std 1-8).
  6. Cost Free Crayons to 1 and 2nd Std children of Government and Aided Schools.
  7. Cost Free Colour Pencils to 3 to 5th Std children of Government and Aided Schools.
  8. Cost Free Geometry Boxes to 6th Std and newly admitted children of 7th Std and 8th Std from Self finance section / Self Finance Schools in Government and Aided Schools.
  9. Cost Free Atlas to 6th Std and newly admitted children of 7th Std and 8th Std from Self finance section / Self Finance Schools in Government and Aided Schools.
  10. Cost Free Chapels to 1 to 5th Std children of Government and Aided Schools.
  11. Cost Free Shoes and socks 6 to 8th Std children of Government and Aided Schools.
  12. Cost Free Woolen Sweater for all students in Hill areas who are enrolled in Noon Meal programme ( Std 1-8 ).
  13. Cost Free Boots and Socks for all students in Hill areas who are enrolled in Noon Meal programme ( Std 1-8 ). 
  14. Cost Free Rain coat for all students in Hill areas who are enrolled in Noon Meal programme ( Std 1-8 ).

In order to achieve universal Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) by 2025, Ennum Ezhutthum mission will be launched in Tamil Nadu. The goal of the mission is to improve basic literacy and numeracy among children studying in Classes 1 – 3, and to ensure that every child attains the fundamental skills of reading, writing and doing basic arithmetic. It primarily focuses on capacity building of teachers and provision of teacher resource material and level based student learning material. A robust monitoring mechanism is also being put in place to track the performance of each and every child. In this year (2019 -2020), an amount of Rs.66.70 crore has been earmarked for this mission.

  • Ensuring 100% enrolment of retention of all children in the age of 6-14 years
  • Implementation of the RTE Act, 2009
  • Providing transport /escort facilities to children in habitations situated in areas of dense forests, hilly regions, etc., where opening of new schools is not feasible
  • Providing an inclusive environment in schools conducive to Children with Special Needs (CWSN) and children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups
  • Improving the listening, speaking, reading, writing and arithmetic skills of children
  • Enriching the knowledge of children in scholastic and co-scholastic areas

  1. Fixed deposit of Rs.75,000/- in Government Financial Institutions  the name of the children of Government and Government Aided School whose Bread Winning Parent expires or becomes permanently incapacitated in accidents.    
  2. Transport Charges to children in habitation situated in areas of dense forests, hilly regions, etc., where opening of new schools is not feasible
  3. Student Accident Relief Scheme – Providing financial relief i.e Rs.1 lakh for accidental death, Rs.50,000/- for major injuries and Rs.25,000/- for minor injuries to the families of students who meet with unexpected accidents while in schools or while involved in school related activities.



Services Offered

Scope: To provide easy access to school for every child of the age 3+ to 9+ in a neighbourhood area for elementary education
Beneficiaries: Registered Trust / Society
Whom to apply: Block Educational Officer concerned
For more information on the eligibility criteria, documents required, and grievance redressal Click here.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 is being implemented in the State of Tamil Nadu with full attention. In accordance with section 12 (1) (c) of the RTE Act, 2009, clear guidelines for effecting implementation of 25% reservation for students belonging to disadvantaged group and weaker section in all private non-minority self-financing schools at entry level viz. LKG/ Standard 1, have been issued.

The application for admission under 25% reservation has been made online from the academic year 2017-18. This facility will enable the parents to apply online for admission and the schools would be under obligation to grant admission, if eligible. Arrangements have also been made to facilitate parents to apply online in all the Educational Offices at Block and District level, free of cost. If eligible applications are more than the intake capacity of the school, lots are drawn in the presence of applicants / parents.

Eligible applications received from priority category viz. a child who is an orphan or affected with HIV, transgender, a child of a scavenger and differently abled are considered first and admission is given before the process of lots is taken up. 76,927 children belonging to disadvantaged group and weaker section were admitted during the year 2019-20.

Essential documents for application

  1. Photo of the applicant (150 small px x 175 small px)
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Aadhaar / Ration card of the parent or guardian
  4. Income Certificate of economically weaker sections
  5. Community certificate (SC/ST/MBC/DNC/BC/BCM)
  6. Certificate of Priority Eligibility of those category

Under RTE Act 1,65,445 children students are admitted in 4,748 schools and a provision of Rs.109.00 crore has been made for this purpose in academic year of 2019 – 20.

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