On the basis of an assessment made every year by Education Department officials, the list of schools eligible for upgrade is made. The specific needs of particular regions are factored in. This process has been very helpful for rural students, particularly girls, to complete their schooling.
The norm is that a high school seeking conversion to higher secondary status must be located at least eight kilometres away from the nearest government or government aided higher secondary school. However, the stipulation is eased for upgrade of girls' schools.
The upgrade augurs well with the rise in the number of girls appearing for Plus Two examinations every year. Of the 26,599 Plus Two students who appeared for the 2010 public examinations in Tiruchi district, 15,149 were girls.
With the latest upgrade, the number of Government higher secondary schools in Tiruchi district has risen to 59, according to Chief Educational Officer K. Swaminathan. The total number of higher secondary schools, including the Government schools, Adi Dravida Welfare schools, aided schools, and self-financing schools, has risen up to 184.
Higher Secondary Status for Six Government High Schools in Tiruchi District