Vijayawada, April 22: After Andhra Pradesh High Court struck down the order to make English medium education compulsory in schools, the state government has decided to seek an opinion from the parents about the medium of
instruction.

The government has asked the Village and Ward Secretariats to record the choice in prescribed forms. Accordingly, the government will decide about appealing against the high court order in the Supreme Court.

Principal Secretary to the government, B Rajsekhar issued a GO requesting to the Commissioner of School Education to accord permission to ascertain the choice from the Parent/Guardian of every student who studied Class I to V during the academic year 2019-20, as to which medium of instruction they would like their children to
pursue in the coming academic year 2020-21 in order to take necessary action in this regard.

He also submitted a model format for ascertaining the option of the parents or guardians.  The AP government further proposed that the District Educational Officers and Mandal Educational Officers shall be directed to obtain the parental choice through the field functionaries of the Village or Ward Secretariats since the Educational Institutions are closed at present.

The choice shall be obtained through District Education Officers and Mandal Education Officers who would, in turn, circulate the formats to the parents through Village Secretariats in the State.  He is further requested to furnish consolidated reports to the government after obtaining the choice of the parents for taking further action in this
regard.

The District Collectors are directed to issue necessary instructions to the Village and Ward  Secretariats to collect choice of the parents/guardian following the protocols prescribed for COVID-19 with due precautions and safety measures. Based on the collection of the medium of choice from the parents of the students, the Commissioner of School Education shall take necessary action in the matter, accordingly.

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