Amaravati, July 7:
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on Nadu Nedu (education) and Vidya Kanuka Scheme and discussed the steps to be taken for implemention of the new education policy with an aim to provide quality education, teaching and infrastructure
During a review meeting held at camp office here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said the new educational policy will benefit teachers as well as students. He said the expertise of teachers should be used for providing better education to the students. It was agreed in principle to reopen the schools after August 15.
The Chief Minister asserted that Nadu Nedu works, including release of funds should be completed as per schedule. The officials informed the Chief Minister that they have mapped Anganwadi centers according to the proposals of New Education Policy. They said it is estimated that at least 21,654 new classrooms need to be constructed, which is in addition to Phase-1 and Phase-2 of Nadu Nedu works.
The Chief Minister made it clear that there should be no disruption for Nadu Nedu works due to the construction of additional classrooms. He said teachers should be available as per student- teacher ratio. He said no school should be closed and no teacher should be laid off. The officials said they have planned to start the second phase of Nadu Nedu works in August and complete them by March, 2022 and added that the first phase of Nadu Nedu works will be completed by August. The Chief Minister will dedicate to the nation the schools revamped under the first phase of Nadu Nedu.
The State Government has decided in principle to reopen schools after August 15 across the state and planned to complete vaccination process to all teachers in the meantime. Workbook activities will be conducted for the students from July 15 to August 15. Teachers will correct those workbooks and give appropriate instructions for the children in those books.
The Chief Minister has inspected the Oxford English to English, Telugu dictionary, which will be provided to the students under Vidya Kanuka Scheme and said to check if all the textbooks, bags, uniforms, notebooks, shoes and belts provided under Vidya Kanuka Scheme are ready for distribution and added be prepared for implementation of Vidya Kakuka scheme in August.
The State Government has devised a methodology for assessment of marks to Intermediate second year. The board will consider 30 percent marks obtained in top three subjects of class 10, then 70 percent of subject wise marks in intermediate first year. The marks for practical exams will be awarded as per the results as tests were already completed.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that Central government officials have lauded the programs being carried out Andhra Pradesh in Education sector. Education department officials have presented the work being carried out by the state government at the Samagra Siksha budget approval meeting organized by the Central Government. The officials said they had already discussed with representatives of 34 associations on the new education policy and added that they have discussed with the head masters, teachers and parents at ground level in this regard. They said the teachers have informed that the students completing primary education and entering sixth class lack proper foundation and it would be difficult to improve their skills at that age and added that the reason is that one or two teachers teach many subjects in primary school. They said parents are sending their children to schools far away only for English medium.
Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh, Women and Child Welfare Minister Thaneti Vanitha, Women and Child Welfare Principal Secretary AR Anuradha, School Education Principal Secretary Buditi Rajasekhar, Finance Principal Secretary SS Rawat, Finance Secretary N Gulzar, Women and Child Welfare Director Kritika Shukla, School Education Commissioner Vadrevu Chinaveerabhadrudu, Sarva Shiksha Abhayan State Project Director Vetri Selvi, School Education Advisor A Murali and other senior officials were present.
(Publish as released by CMO)