Aimed at bringing tangible development of government schools Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the Nadu–Nedu programme in Ongole on Thursday.
A pictorial contrast of the schools then and now will be displayed to record the results of the efforts. The photographs showing the state in which government schools are present-day and how they will be after the scheme is completed with the nine parameters will be displayed for people to know about the metamorphosis.
Called the “Nadu-Nedu Programme”, it will cover the basic infrastructure, skills upgrade and facilities such as “English laboratories”. In the first phase, the programme targets 15,715 schools. It will cover all schools in three years.
In the first year of the first phase, the government has budgeted Rs. 3,500 crore for infrastructure development and provision of basic amenities including toilets, running water, blackboards and compound walls. The total budget for all three years is Rs 12,000 crore.
One major policy in the programme is the conversion of all government schools from Telugu and Urdu-medium to English-medium which had evoked widespread criticism from opposition parties and educationists.
The chief minister said that the goal of the programme is to meet the skill requirements of the fast-changing world.
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Addressing the meeting at the PVR High he said, despite the criticism from detractors, we will go ahead with English medium schools as we have to prepare the students to boldly face and stand up to the requirements of the technology-driven world.
On the introduction of English medium from classes 1 to 6, there would be some difficulties and challenges but have to face and we will overcome, he said.
‘During my 3,648 km padayatra, I have seen family members pouring their woes out about the lack of level playing field as their children are left behind due to the non-availability of avenues,” he said.
In addition to the Amma Vodi scheme incentivizing the mother for sending their children to school a Skill Development University will be set up and under its umbrella, all 25 Skill Development Centres will function to have an interface with education and industry, he said.
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