The Corporation Elementary School at Kavithalakshmi Nagar says it is as good as any private facility through its poster campaign by its teachers, out going students and some parents. Colourful handwritten posters were pasted in different locations asking the people to enrol their children in the school and citing facilities on par with matriculation schools. The school also publicised the fact that it extended both English and Tamil medium education free of cost.
The school started with just 12 students in one room in 2003, and this academic year the number stands at 118 students – the highest since the inception of the school.
Headmistress M. Karpagam told The Hindu that though the last year’s campaign was novel, similar word- of-mouth drives were carried out since 2008. The Corporation school has granite floors in the classrooms besides ceiling fans and safe drinking water. Some of the facilities were public-private initiatives. The school prides itself on a nutritious noon-meal. The teachers first taste the food before it is served to the students, said the headmistress.
“We provide additional coaching to the students who are lagging behind in classes. There are yoga and dance sessions for the students and thanks to the many philanthropists coming forward, cultural competitions were organised with prize money being given away to the winners,” said Mrs. Karpagam.
So effective was the poster campaign that many students studying here now, such as Karthikashree, Vaishnav and Lavanya, preferred to join this school even though they had government schools closer to their homes.