With focus on school education, AP Chief Minister Jagan targets 100 percent Gross Enrolment Ratio

CM Jagan said, Internet facilities will be made available in all 45,000 schools and steps are being taken in this direction.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jun 09, 2023 | 11:28 AMUpdatedJun 09, 2023 | 11:28 AM

AP CM YS Jagan focus on school education

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has released the academic calendar for 2023-24, under which schools would reopen on 12 June.

The calendar contains the academic schedule, details of the principal, teachers’ duties, language clubs, melas, labs, lesson plan format and guidelines, learn-a-word-a-day, Telugu language week, cultural activities and such details.

The chief minister, at a review meeting with officials on Thursday, 8 June, had a close look at the State Excellence Awards 2023 medals to be given to Class 10 and Intermediate final year students of government institutions who excelled in exams.

The Jagananna Animutyalu Awards would be presented to the students in three phases — constituency level on 15 June, district level on 17 June and state level on 20 June. The top 10 ranks have been bagged by 64 students during the year, officials informed the chief minister.

The chief minister also reviewed the distribution of Jagananna Vidya Kanuka kits, Nadu Nedu IFP Panels for schools covered in Nadu Nedu’s first phase, and adequate training to teachers on the usage of tabs, internet facilities in all schools, besides works to be taken up under second phase of Nadu Nedu, among others.

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Focus on higher education

The chief minister directed the officials to ensure that every mandal has two junior colleges — one for girls and the other for coeducation.

Depending on the population, the high schools should be upgraded to junior colleges and adequate classrooms should be built under Nadu Nedu, the chief minister said, adding that the junior colleges should be ready by next June and sufficient staff should be recruited.

The chief minister desired that the teachers should be given training on using the IFP Panels and how to send video content. Officials said that company representatives will be giving demos to the faculty of engineering colleges who will, in turn, train the teachers, the officials said.

About 20,000 B Tech students would take internships and they will help teachers in using the panels, tabs, Byjus content, and smart TVs, every month, the officials said.

Stressing the need to ensure 100 percent GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio), the chief minister told the officials to take steps to ensure that there are no dropouts and take the help of village and ward volunteers in this aspect.

Those who could not clear the Class 10 and 12 exams should be readmitted and encouraged.

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Internet facility for all the schools

There should be constant feedback on Goru Muddha, SMF, and TMF (school and toilet maintenance funds) and third-party verification should be done. Steps should be taken to include Byju’s content in Intermediate as well as distribution of tabs, he said.

All steps have been taken for the distribution of Jagananna Vidya Deevena kits for the fourth consecutive year and 93 percent of the material reached the intended destination.

The second-semester books are also ready for distribution in advance, the officials said. In village and ward secretariats, digital assistants will take care of the maintenance and usage of tabs.

Internet facilities should be made available in all 45,000 schools and steps are being taken in this direction with APSFL and BSNL providing the facility. The internet facility to schools covered under the first phase of Nadu Nedu is complete, the officials said, adding that by September it will be extended to all schools.

Under the second phase of Nadu Nedu ₹3,28708 crore was spent and works were taken up in 22,224 schools which would be completed by December, the officials said. The chief minister instructed that by the time works are completed distribution of tabs and Panels should be taken up.

Education Minister B Satyanarayana and Chief Secretary Dr KS Jawahar Reddy were among those who were present at the review.