Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday announced that basic facilities and infrastructure would be developed in the government schools at a cost of Rs 1,931 crores during the next 15 days as a part of “Education Fortnight” program.
Launching the “Education Fortnight” programme” at a school near Ameerpet here, the Chief Minister observed that he was bowing his head in shame with the State remaining at the last place in the literacy rate among the southern States. “There was a need to lay focus on improving the literacy rate. The parents must send their children to the schools as education was the only powerful weapon for eradication of poverty in the society,” he said, adding that the education would lay path for improvement of economic and social status.
The Minister for Primary Education, Dr Shailajanath, assured that 20,000 new classrooms would come into being in the next academic year. Textbooks would be supplied to every student by the end of this month and uniforms by the first week of August.
Speaking on the occasion, the Rajya Sabha member, Mr V Hanumantha Rao, said that he was ashamed of the poor condition and lack of facilities at the government schools. Providing better facilities in the government schools was only the way to compete with the corporate colleges, he opined.
Textbooks, uniforms distributed
The Chief Minister distributed textbooks and uniforms to the students on the occasion. He and his Cabinet colleagues tasted the mid-day meals along with the students.
Moved by the poor condition of the Ameerpet government school, where the scheme was launched today, Mr Hanumantha Rao and the Secunderabad MP, Mr Anjan Kumar Yadav, on the spot jointly announced Rs 1.5 lakh financial assistance to the school from MP Lads for development of required facilities and infrastructure.