AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu said that the state government will not make English medium mandatory in any
of the municipal schools. He clarified that students who wish to study in English medium can voluntarily join the same. The decision is in contrast to that announced earlier by the government, making English medium mandatory in schools. The Chief Minister took this decision after holding a review meeting on municipal administration department, along with minister P Narayana at the secretariat. Sources said that the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the increased number of students being enrolled in municipal schools. Minister Narayana pointed out that the increase in enrollments was due to the
introduction of IIT and medical foundation courses in schools.
It has been noted that turning Anganwadi centers into pre-schools has given good results, with more than 90,000 textbooks being distributed to children. Further, the government provided sports and painting equipment in these Pre-schools to make learning fun for young kids. On a whole, the government has spent Rs 3 crore for distributing textbooks in Pre-schools. Also, the Chief Minister advised officials to conduct extra curricular activities on Sundays in order to bring out the special talent hidden in children. Accordingly, officials have planned to come up with a program named ‘Happy Sunday’ which will soon be implemented in more than 110 towns. The officials were also told to make the areas surrounding schools ‘poster-free’ and to paint the walls with creative arts.