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New Education Policy : Andhra says committed to English as medium of school instruction

On Thursday, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh’s government stated that it is very much firm with the decision of introducing English as one of the medium of instructions in schools which are run by government. Clearing the statement he added to it that it is not in conflict with the National Education Policy (NEP) which has been announced by the Centre.

Adimulapu Suresh, who is the Education Minister stated that the government is still by its decision and is looking forward to introduce English. It must be noted that NEP has been very much clear and said that the medium of instruction for the students can be home language or mother tongue, “wherever possible”.

Adding on more about it he said that when the YSR Congress Party government was English medium, the department never neglected Telugu language.

He spoke that as the matter is subjected to English medium in the court, it would not be right to give any statement about it. With the consultation of parents and 95 percent of the parents were in favour of the decision taken by government after seeking consultation with NCERT.

The Reddy-led government has planned that for 2020-21 academic year, English as a medium of instruction from classes 1 to 6, while it would be added gradually in the next four years in classes 7 to 10. In the month of April, the government of Andhra Pradesh High Court had set aside order, stating that it should be the choice of the parents and children to decide the language they want to learn.

The High Court order has been challenged in the Supreme Court by the state government.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy stated though some vested interests have tried to block the move but the   government will go ahead  introducing English medium for Class 1 to 6.

He stated that our resolve is very much firm and in the coming future we will go ahead with the reforms.

According to the two surveys it has been found that English medium education is being preferred by parents. There has been a thorough discussion on the NEP 2020 by the Education Minister and soon there will be an outcome.

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