Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on 30 April announced that the state will conduct the class X and intermediate exams keeping in mind the future of the students. Cancelling exams would be an easy task but conducting exams need more responsibility, he said, and instructed teachers to conduct the exams following all COVID-19 protocols.

During a review meeting held at the camp office here on Friday to discuss Manabadi-Nadu Nedu works, the Chief Minister instructed officials to complete painting, setting up smart TVs, and wall artworks by the end of May. He asked them to conduct a quality audit in May and June and ensure that the toilet maintenance system is ready by the time schools reopen.

He further directed officials to paint school buildings that were being renovated to make them look more attractive. Display photos of schools before and after Nadu Nedu works to highlight the importance of the scheme, Jagan added.

The CM said teachers should be trained to ensure smooth functioning of English as a medium of instruction. He said Vidya Kanuka kits should be ready by the time schools reopen and English dictionaries should be made included in the kits. All items in Vidya Kanuka kits should be of good quality and the second phase of Nadu Nedu works should start once the schools reopen in July, Jagan instructed.

Regarding the class X and intermediate exams, the Chief Minister said the Central government did not announce any policy regarding the exams and had left the decision to the state governments. While some states are conducting exams, other states have cancelled them. Stating that states that didn't conduct exams are promoting the students only with pass marks, he questioned the future of those students.

He said the state government will be conducting tenth and intermediate exams only to benefit the students. Asserting that the state government will conduct the exams only after considering the future of the students, the Chief Minister asked the teachers to seek cooperation and support of parents.

Education minister Adimulapu Suresh, school education principal secretary Buditi Rajashekar, education commissioner Chinaveerabhadrudu, Sarwa Siksha Abhiyan Project director Vetri Selvi, and other officials were present.

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