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CM emphasizes need of introducing English in Govt schools

Amaravati, Jan 23 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy emphasized the need of introducing English as medium of instruction in all government schools in the state to enable the students to compete and excel at the International level in future.
Participating in the debate on AP Education Act 1/1982 (Amendment Bill) 2019 in the Assembly on Thursday, he announced that ‘special kits’ would be provided to all 36.10 lakh primary school children on June 1, just before the commencement of the academic year as part of ‘Vidya Kanuka’ scheme for which Rs.487 crore has been allocated.
Mr Reddy said that though the Education Bill was passed in the previous Assembly session, it was sent back by the Legislative Council with some amendments making selection of medium optional by the student or the parent.
However, the Assembly rejected the amendments and passed the Bill unanimously. The Chief Minister said he was unable to understand on why the Opposition members were disallowing the Bill which aimed at providing right to education to poor children.
Mr Reddy said children belonging to the poor SC, ST, BC, Minorities and the middle class families have been waiting for decades for the introduction of English medium in the government schools as they could not afford to go to private schools which were charging fees exorbitantly.
No effort was made to provide them English medium education so far. Hence, the present government has taken this decision to provide it to the children to change their lifestyle, he added.
“There are over 45,000 government schools in the state, but the number of government primary schools having English medium is less than 35 per cent, and at the same time, it is 98.5% in private schools”, he informed the House.
The Chief Minister said qualitative menu was added to the Mid-Day Meal for school children which was named as ‘Goru Mudda’ (morsel) scheme.
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