Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked officials to gear up for the implementation of Nadu-Nedu (schools) and New Education Policy (NEP) in the State.

The Chief Minister instructed the authorities to improve the quality of textbooks. He asked officials to focus on CBSE and ICSE affiliation of all schools. He asked officials to ensure each school has subject-wise teachers from Class III onwards.

The officials informed that initially 1000 schools are being affiliated with CBSE. Reviewing Nadu-Nedu, the Chief Minister directed the officials to immediately start the tender process for the second phase of Nadu-Nedu works.

In the second phase, 12,663 schools will be revamped with a cost of Rs 4535.74 crore, where 18,498 additional classrooms will be constructed. Similarly, in the third phase, 24,900 schools will be renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 7821 crore.

The officials informed that engineers, who will be taking up Nadu-Nedu works, are undergoing training at village secretariats. They said training for parent committees will also start before initiating phase-2 works.

The Chief Minister said that special attention should be paid to the maintenance of schools and toilets, else they are likely to go back to the previous state. He suggested keeping a contingency fund in every school for any emergency repair works and directed the authorities to prepare an SOP in this regard.

Further, reviewing Jagananna Vidya Kanuka, he instructed the officials to provide the kits by the time the next academic year starts and told them to ensure that items of good quality are being given.

He said sports shoes and uniforms should also be distributed among the students from next year.

Meanwhile, the officials informed that Vidya Kanuka kits have been 100 percent distributed and charting out the distribution of sanitary napkins to the girl students under the Swacha programme, which is likely to be launched in October.

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