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YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh pointed out that the only way to pull out a substantial number of people from poverty is by imparting quality education to them. He also pointed out at the substantial amount allocated by his state government so that the children can receive maximum benefit. The CM was addressing a brainstorming session on education in the presence of academicians, teachers and students on May 27, 2020.
Other than ensuring that a substantial number of students receive a quality education, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy also emphasised on the revolutionary changes that his government has brought in the education sphere.
Under the “Nadu-Needu” (Now and Then in Telugu) programme of the state government, a decision was taken to revamp around 16,000 schools during the 2019-20 period. Also, the Jagananna Ammavodi scheme has benefited more than 40 lakh mothers, 80 lakh students and an amount of 6,350 crores were directly credited by the government into the account of the mothers till date. Also, a 4,200 crore rupees fee reimbursement was released by the government which included the 1,880 crore arrears amount.
The CM also launched a website where one can find out all the details regarding educational institutions.
During his “Padyatra”, recalled the CM, he found out the plight of the students and maids who are employed under the mid-day meal scheme. It is during this “Padyatra” when he found out that the students are receiving their books only after October-November and the maids associated with the mid-day meal scheme were not receiving sufficient support from the government. After this, he decided to invest more in the education system of the state.
The CM also harbours a dream of introducing English as a medium of instruction amidst opposition from many. Every year, only 25% of the total children in India enrol themselves for proper and regular schooling as opposed to 51% in Brazil and 82% in Russia whereas, the dropout rate is almost 74%. These worrying signs have prompted him to invest more money in education, said the C