Tamil Nadu government launched pre-school Montessori education in anganwadi schools of Tiruchi. The initiative has been taken under Samagra Shiksha Programme where Nursery classes based on Montessori education in English medium will be imparted from the coming academic year 2019-20.
The program was launched under Department of School Education and Literacy in the earlier phase of commencement of this year.
The official reports released said, the project would cover 52,933 children in 2,381 anganwadis in the state of Tamil Nadu. In Tiruchi district alone, 88 anganwadis are set to to transform into pre-schools with LKG and UKG sections under Montessori pattern.
The anganwadi teachers will be trained under Samagra Siksha Programme introduced by MHRD. The scheme comprises Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan and Teacher education.
About Samagra Siksha Programme
Samagra Siksha, an overarching programme for the school education holistically without segmentation from pre-school to class 12th has been, therefore, prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes.
Under the scheme the students will be given course completion certificate, four pairs of uniform, color pencils, crayons and footwear for free. Text books for LKG and UKG will be formulated by SCERT (State Council of Education Research and Training), Tamil Nadu.
The government took the decision to offer Montessori training under the formal system in compliance in order of the Madras High Court.