East Godavari: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday inaugurated the ZP School at P Gannavaram village in East Godavari district which has been renovated under Nadu-Nedu scheme. He also launched the second phase of Nadu-Nedu and distributed Jagananna Vidya Kanuka to children.
Jagan said the state government has spent around Rs. 4,000 crore to convert 15,000 schools into ultra-modern educational institutions. New facilities in government schools included green chalk boards, LED tubelights, fans, RO units for drinking water, kitchen for mid-day meal scheme, and washrooms with running water.
The state government has completed as many as 1.16 lakh works in 15,000 schools at a cost of Rs. 3,669 crore. It has also spent Rs. 29,114 crore for the education sector in the last two years, added Jagan.
Meanwhile, state education minister Adimulapu Suresh said Rs. 13,000 crore was credited into the accounts of mothers under Amma Vodi scheme. Amma Vodi has made it possible for daily wagers to send their children to schools instead of taking them to the fields, he said.
The Chief Minister went to each classroom at the ZP School in P Gannavaram village and interacted with students and examined their textbooks. The school staff explained to Jagan the various facilities offered to the students. He also reviewed the 'menu' of food served to the students. Later, he inaugurated the first installment of the schools constructed under Nadu-Nedu.
Appreciating the Nadu-Nedu programme, parents of the students expressed their surprise at the transformation of the government schools. "We are very happy as our children are so fortunate and we are hoping that more and more children will join in the government schools in the coming days," they added.
Some experts in the education sector said the modernization of schools has influenced the children and enrolments have increased by 6.63 lakh students in the last two years. They said 5.62 lakh students had dropped out of schools during 2014-19.