Amaravati, July 21: Continuing the sweeping reforms in education sector, Andhra Pradesh Government will be introducing LKG (Lower Kindergarten) and UKG (Upper Kindergarten) in the form of Pre Primary PP 1 and PP 2 in Government schools besides placing Anganwadis adjacent to the schools while focusing on skill development and job orientation in higher education.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, during a review meeting on School education and Jagananna Goru Mudda held here on Tuesday said that there should be synergy between PP1 and PP2 with primary education and the syllabus should be drafted with care.
Of the 55 K Anganwadi of which 35 K do not have own buildings and they should be placed besides the schools, he said. When officials brought to his notice that in 270 mandals there are no Junior Colleges, the Chief Minister said that High Schools can be converted into Junior Colleges and the officials should see to it that vacancies are filled up. The teaching in Junior Colleges should focus on competitive exams and steps should be taken to enable the students to face the IIT and JEE entrance tests. Learn to learn concept should be developed with digital education, he said.
To improve English standard among students, TOEFL type of exams should be conducted, the Chief Minister said. Focus should be laid on digital education and computer knowledge should be imparted to the students. The opinion of experts should be taken as to from which class the digital education should be introduced, he said.
The proposal to provide dongle or iPad form eighth or ninth standard should be considered towards imparting high-end digital learning, he said. One section will be devoted for high school dropouts in Skill Development Centres along with those who completed ITI and Polytechnic.
There should be one building in every parliament constituency to train the teachers. The officials have told the Chief Minister about the regulatory measures being taken to monitor the private schools as per the guidelines of the Commission. The Chief Minister said that there should be regular monitoring of private schools and there should be a complaint box in every school.
Goru Mudda is an important part of school education and the quality of food should be maintained at any cost, the Chief Minister said. The success of Goru Mudda depends on how the officials are reacting to the complaints, he said. Steps should be taken to see that SOP is strictly followed in implementing Goru Mudda. The utensils used for cooking should be clean and a shed for cooking should also be set. This should be included as the tenth item in SOP of Nadu Nedu in schools. Hygiene should also be given to priority in schools. A mechanism should be developed to fully utilise the services of village secretariat staff, he said.
Minister for school education Adimulapu Suresh, Principal Secretary Education, B Rajasekhar, School Education Commissioner V China Veerabhadrudu and other officials participated in the meeting.