Hyderabad: The state government on Monday launched an ambitious project ‘Education Fortnight’, to boost enrolment of children to schools and reduce the dropout rates.
The ambitious programme will see the state government spending about Rs 2000 crore towards improving school infrastructure and other facilities, including construction of model schools during the next 15 days.
Inaugurating the programme at the Government High School, Ameerpet, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy urged teachers, officials of the Education and other Departments concerned, besides public representatives, students and parents to participate and fully involve in the Education Fortnight.
The Chief Minister stated that the government has been spending Rs 1,931 crores as part of providing basic amenities in the schools under the Vidyapakshotsva ‘Education Fortnight’ programme, to be held in the next 15 days.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy stated that the state government decided to boost the rate of enrolment in schools after learning that the Andhra Pradesh occupied the last position in the literacy rate among the Southern states.
The Chief Minister added that poverty in the state can be eradicated only through literacy and appealed to all parents to send their wards to schools.
“The poverty can be removed permanently only through the education,” he said.
The Chief Minister said education will be the spring board for the future of children and every child has the right for education. He said the focus should be on the enrollment of children, retention, improving literacy and providing quality education at all levels.
Later, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy distributed school uniforms, text and work books and aids and appliances for the disabled.
Minister for Primary Education S Sailajanath stated that the government has decided to construct 20,000 class rooms to schoolchildren by next academic year.
He added that text books would be distributed by the end of July and uniforms distribution would be completed by August first week.
The ambitious programme will focus on enrolment of children in the first week and the second week will be on entitlements.
Earlier, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy laid the foundation stone and unveil a plaque and walk through the exhibition of Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) activities.
The Chief Minister also launched the Akshara Abhyasam and held an interactive session with “out of school” children and also with the drop out children, besides another session with the School Management Committee (SMC) members.
He later addressed the students and teachers and participated in the Mid Day meals with students of the Government school, Ameerpet.
The state government has constituted a committee at the district level with the district Collector as Chairman and Additional Joint Collector as Convener.
The Committee will chalk out the plan of action in consultation with the District in-charge Ministers as per the day-wise schedule.
A separate meeting by the District Educational Officer and Project Officer with the MEOs, MRPs, and MCOs will finalise the school/ habitation level Action Plan.
Besides this, the state government will inaugurate about a 1,000 School Complexes in High Schools; lay foundation stone for the construction of 500 High School Complexes and Creating awareness among the parents on Nutrition and Health Education.
The programme would also focus on the empowerment of girl children and activities.
The Centrally sponsored “Sabala” would also be inaugurated as part of the Education Fortnight, with focus on enrolment of dropouts in Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Anantapur, Chittoor, Adilabad, Mahabubnagar and Hyderabad in convergence with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan; distribution of Scholarships to the eligible girls; distribution of 2,44,251 certificates; awareness campaign on benefits to girl children; inauguration of 75 KGBV buildings and conducting special drive for enrolment dropout girl children into KGBVs.
The government will also aim to strengthen the Primary Education system, inaugurate 3569 additional classrooms in 3273 schools, drinking water units, toilets, ramps; inauguration of 50 newly constructed AWC buildings under NABARD and four Model AWC Buildings and appliances distribution.(INN)