2 lakh private students join Andhra Pradesh-run schools
- According to the govt, 42.46 lakh students enrolled in govt schools this year, as against 39.78 lakh in 2019
- Of them, 2,01,83e students have left private schools to join the govt schools
- The State govt is implementing a slew of reforms and incentives like Jagananna Amma Vodi, Nadu-Nedu and Jaganna Vidya Kanuka to improve standards in State schools
Amaravati: More than two lakh students have left private schools in to join government schools in the state in 2020, propelled by the myriad schemes introduced to encourage public education.
"A total of 42.46 lakh students have enrolled themselves in government and government aided schools this year, which is 2.68 lakh more than the enrolment figure from 2019, which stood at 39.78 lakh," said an official statement.
Out the increased admissions, 2,01,833 students choose to leave private schools for studies in public schools.
"Government's success in reversing the trend can be attributed to a plethora of student-parent oriented schemes implemented since 2019. Jagananna Amma Vodi, Nadu-Nedu and Jaganna Vidya Kanuka form the base of the government's drive to place government schools at par with their corporate counterparts," said an official.
As part of these schemes, the state government is revamping infrastructure at government schools, distributing free school kits and others.
Under Jaganna Amma Vodi scheme, eligible mothers of students from Classes 1 to 12 will receive Rs 15,000 incentive so as to not discontinue their children's education to employ them for extra money.
As part of Nadu-Nedu, the state government is renovating over 45,000 schools in an effort to provide better facilities to government schools students.
"Apart from major infrastructural renovations, each of the schools will also be equipped with a dedicated English lab in order to facilitate modern learning. 15,715 schools were taken up in the first phase of the project and are expected to be finished by January, 2021," said the official.
Jagananna Vidya Kanuka offers basic necessities to students for free, such as schools bags, uniforms, books, socks, belt and others.
"This not only reduces the financial turmoil that poor families are put through at the start of each academic year but also helps the government control dropout rates," said the official.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has already stated that children are the future of the state and he would invest in their education.
"Investing in education is investing on my kids, the next generation of my state," said the Chief Minister.