Andhra CM Jaganmohan Reddy eyes to revamp govt schools

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Jaganmohan Reddy

In the wake of Coronavirus epidemic, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy wants a digital learning app to be developed for government school students. The app will enable students to get their doubts cleared through an audio-video interface.

The CM has asked education department officials to speed up the makeover of 15,715 government schools by July-end. The state government is planning to open schools from August 3, 2020, if conditions prevail.

The CM reviewed the progress of “Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu” (Our School – Then and Now) programme aimed at refurbishing the 44,512 government schools in the state with nine essentials like green chalk boards, water purifiers, modern benches, almirahs, fans, toilet conveniences.

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The CM also intends to make English medium teaching mandatory in all the govt schools.

The plan is to cover all the state-run schools in three phases, in three years. The state is at present procuring over five lakh benches for children, about 90,000 tables and chairs for teachers, 72,596 green chalk boards, 1.57 lakh ceiling fans, among other things at an estimated cost of Rs 890 crore.

The CM also directed officials to set up a toll-free number for the students and parents to register complaints to the government on the functioning or lack of amenities.

The CM said “School uniforms and books used to be provided in October or November. Such approach was to demoralize government schools and encourage the private sector. “

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