Addressing the gathering at a school, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy rolled out the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ program on Thursday. The program aims at transforming government schools into competitive institutions.
According to the reports, the ‘Nadu-Nedu‘ scheme will be implemented in 15, 715 schools in the first phase. The scheme will then cover all schools in the proposed three years. The program has a budget outlay of Rs. 12,000 crores. He further said that according to the 2011 census, Andhra Pradesh’s illiteracy rate is 33 percent.
Jagan Mohan Reddy iterated the commitment of his administration to overcome all the challenges in the education arena. The leader also slammed the opposition parties to criticize his policy. As quoted by ANI, he said, “Despite the criticism from detractors, we will go with English medium schools as we have to prepare the students to boldly face and meet up the requirements of the technology-driven world. We should not feel guilty. It will be done so that the future generation can be prepared to face the highly dynamic and technology-driven world. The change will come only if the right decision is taken at the right time as we are competing with a job market that would be there five, ten or fifteen years from now.”
He said that the state government will provide the required infrastructure for setting up English labs. The focus will also be laid on providing basic amenities like a clean environment, furniture, toilets, running water, compound wall, and blackboard. Rs 3,500 crores will be spent on infrastructural development in the first year.
The leader also gave examples of people benefitting from switching to the English language. One such story told by him was the life of Education Minister Adimoolapu Suresh who studied in Telugu Medium later shifted to English medium and became an IRS officer. Another story was about Rajasekhar Reddy and Dhanunjay Reddy who became IAS officers.
The leader also reminded everyone about the to be launched Amma Vodi scheme which will see its inauguration on January 9. The scheme aims to incentivize mothers to send their children to school. He also said that a skill development university will be set up.