Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting of the education department on Monday and directed the officials to take measures to get CBSE affiliation for all government schools by 2024.
During the review meeting held at the camp office here on Monday, the Chief Minister said every school should have a playground and directed the officials to map schools without playgrounds, acquire required lands and allot playgrounds to those schools. He asked them to ensure there are playgrounds in pre-high schools.
Jagan inquired about the prevailing conditions in schools after the pandemic, COVID-19 preventive measures, and attendance of students. The officials informed the Chief Minister that there is no significant impact of the virus in schools due to the preventive measures taken up by the government and added that all teachers have been vaccinated and are attending the schools. They said the attendance of students in August was 73% while it was 82% in September and 85% in October. They added that it was 91% at present.
Amma Vodi scheme
The Chief Minister said the main objective of the Amma Vodi scheme was to increase enrollment of students in schools and added that a child must have a minimum of 75% attendance to be eligible for the scheme. He said the attendance criterion was exempted due to the COVID-19 situation and directed the officials to link attendance to the Amma Vodi scheme from 2022.
Jagan said the financial assistance under the Amma Vodi scheme should be provided at the start of the academic year considering students' attendance.
He instructed the officials to take steps to give the work order for the procurement of items under Jagananna Vidya Kanuka by December and ensure Vidya kanuka kits are delivered to students before the schools reopen every year. He inspected the quality of sports dresses, shoes, and suggested some changes. He asked the officials to prepare an action plan to make Rs. 1 lakh available to every school for maintenance works.
School ranking system
The officials proposed ranking schools based on their performance and the Chief Minister directed them to speak to the teachers in this regard. He said the ranking system is only to identify where schools are lacking and not to point out the mistakes. He directed the officials to explain this to the teachers.
Jagan instructed the officials to introduce the policy of subject-wise teachers to improve the curriculum. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to make it clear that no one was forcing aided schools to be handed over to the government.