Hyderabad: This year, 42.46 lakh students have enrolled in government/government-aided schools of Andhra Pradesh, 2.68 lakh more than the enrolment figure from 2019 which stood at 39.78 lakh, the government announced on 18 November.

It is to be noted that 2,01,833 students opted for transfers from private to government schools in just one year. The reverse trend can be attributed to a plethora of student/parent-oriented schemes implemented by the government since 2019. Schemes like Jagananna Ammavodi, Nadu-Nedu, and Jaganna Vidya Kanuka aims to bring government schools at par with private institutions.

Under the state's Jagananna Ammavodi scheme, annually a sum of Rs. 15,000 is paid to the mothers of students of classes I to XII. The monetary incentive means parents will prioritise their children's educations instead of employing them in fields for extra income.

The government's Nadu-Nedu scheme aims to revamp over 45,000 schools in the state to provide students and teachers the best possible atmosphere to thrive in. Apart from infrastructural renovations, each school will also be equipped with a dedicated English lab in order to facilitate modern learning. In the first phase of the project, 15,715 schools were taken up. Work is expected to be finished by January 2021.

"Investing on education is me investing on my kids, the next generation of my state," Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy had said during a review meeting at the Tadepalli camp office. In line with his remark, under the government's Jaganna Vidya Kanuka scheme all students are supplied with uniforms, a school bag, books, socks, a belt, and other necessities. The scheme has been extended to class X students.


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