Schools to reopen today after summer vacation

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After a couple of months of summer holidays, schools in West Godavari district are all set to welcome students for the start of the new academic year on Monday.

- Few takers for government schools
- The enrolment of students into government schools has declined considerably as parents are inclined to send their wards to private schools
- DEO Madhusudhana Rao exudes confidence that ‘Badi Bata’ will help improve enrolment in government schools

Eluru: After a couple of months of summer holidays, schools in West Godavari district are all set to welcome students for the start of the new academic year on Monday.

There are 3,314 government and 1,233 private schools in the district. These schools have 11,865 qualified teachers. Teachers said that studies would start on the first day itself as students would be eager to learn now, after vacation.

Meanwhile, with several government and Zilla Parishad schools on the verge of closure following low enrolment of students due to advent of private English medium schools in various parts of the district, the education officials had decided to launch special drive of enrolment of students into government schools by opening English medium schools following the demand from the parents.

The improved economic status should cheer everyone. But some in the government seem to be not pleased with this scenario. It is, in fact, spelling trouble to government schools in the district. Many a family which has come out of the bad patch is turning its back on the government schools. With more money at their disposal, parents are now inclined to send their wards to private schools. This peculiar situation has arisen particularly in slums where increased earnings are making people have second thoughts about government schools.

The enrolment of students into government schools had declined considerably to 59.03 per cent in 2015-16. The authorities fear that the enrolment would further come down in the government schools forcing closure or merge with other schools that have student strength.

District Educational Officer Madhusudhana Rao told The Hans India on Sunday that they have set a target of increasing the enrolment of students into government schools through the “Badi Bata” programme in the district.

He said the school teachers would conduct door- to- door campaign for the enrolment of students into the government schools, conduct mass Aksharabhyasam, distribution of books and highlight importance of education.

Speaking further, he said Bala Badi centres (early education centres) were aimed at bringing up children aged between 2.5 and 5.5 years. He said the concept of education under this programme includes developing the children as they grow up into young adults. Holistic development of the children is the programme’s ultimate objective, he added.

Teaching in Bala Badi centres should be such that creative skills are developed with due focus on textbook learning. The basic idea is to expose the children to the world around them instead of confining them to classrooms and textbooks all the time, the DEO added.

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