With a view to inculcate moral values among children, the government proposes to conduct spiritual and moral classes on Saturdays in important temples across the state. Announcing this in the budget presented in the state assembly on Monday, finance minister O Panneerselvam said the students would also be given snacks during the classes and the best students will get prizes at the end of a course.
According to sources in the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE ), a teacher will narrate mythological stories and end it with a moral. The students will also get an exposure to slokas and Carnatic musical notations. The teacher will either work free of cost or will be paid an honorarium, the sources said. “The students will be made to draw mythological characters or Goddess like Saraswathi and prizes will be given at the end of the course. We will provide sundal as snacks at the end of the class,” the source said.