Expert panel suggests CM YS Jagan to invest in education to improve standards

Expert panel suggests CM YS Jagan to invest in education to improve standards
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The Expert Panel stated that the infrastructure in public schools is in poor condition and teaching practices are defective.

Amaravati: The Expert Panel stated that the infrastructure in public schools is in poor condition and teaching practices are defective. Hence, there is a need to improve teaching skills, suggested to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in its meeting on Tuesday at the secretariat.

The Expert Committee for Reformation in the Education system explained its recommendations to the Chief Minister. Prof. N. Balakrishnan, Chairman of the Committee gave a presentation about the actions to be taken by the government to strengthen the educational system.

Registration of students in government schools is only 49.28 per cent. When it comes to student registration in private schools, it is 43 per cent and this is the highest in the world. Despite this, there is no transparency, no proper monitoring in private education institutions. There is a significant need to improve private teacher training institutions.

The recommendations stated that a huge amount should be invested for digital education and teachers should be trained for the same. The committee has set goals for the next five years and said that should make every child between 6 and 16 years should study in schools. Student Learning Outcome should be increased by 8 per cent every year and a third party confirmation should be conducted.

It stated that there should be no student dropouts at the high school level and students should complete the tenth class. The gap should be reduced between urban and rural students in the society and make sure that there are no social and economic barriers. All government schools should have the infrastructure and digital facilities. The campaign should be conducted to increase writing and reading skills. To see that no student from tribal areas should drop out from schools, assessment tracking should be done on each student.

The Panel recommended reducing the weight of school bags. And recommended that there should be vocational education from eighth grade. As the English medium is being implemented for 1 to 8-grade students in every school from next year, all the teachers should be trained for the same. There must be an assessment of the expertise of teachers. Compulsory free education should be implemented until the intermediate and all the high schools should be upgraded to intermediate colleges.

It said that the SSC and Intermediate Boards shall be merged under one commissioner. All schools shall be brought under SERT syllabus.

A set of guidelines should be prepared for the teachers that are working in unaided schools. There should be a council for the management of Gurukul schools and a corporation for digital education. Every month the district collector should hold a review meeting.

The committee has praised Chief Minister YS Jagan's government actions on the educational system, Amma Vodi, Navratnalu schemes. The committee strongly supported the establishment of commissions for control and supervision of higher education in schools. It also praised for the steps being taken by the government on the implementation of the Right to Education Act.

So far, the committee members have met six times and toured at the field level for several times. The expert committee said that a heavy amount has to be spent on strengthening the government education system.

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