Infrastructure in schools to be upgraded with “Mana Ooru-Mana Badi”: Minister


Published: Release date – 8:08 p.m., Sat – Mar 12 22

File Photo: Minister of Education Fr. Sabitha Indra Reddy

Hyderabad: The infrastructure facilities in all state schools would be modernized by the state government’s ambitious program – “Mana Ooru-Mana Badi”, Minister of Education P. Sabitha Indra Reddy said here on Saturday. In order to improve the infrastructure and quality of education in the state schools, the state government has allocated Rs.7,289.54 crore in three phases over a period of three years. In the first phase, the program will be launched in 9,123 countries and will cover 35 percent of all schools, benefiting around 13,000 students in the current school year 2021-22.

“We will spend over Rs. 3,490 crore in the first phase,” the minister said during a budget debate in the State Assembly. Twelve components were identified for evidence of infrastructure facilities in schools. The construction of a washroom with continuous water supply, drinking water facility, furniture for students and staff, repair of panels and classrooms, painting of school buildings, kitchen, digital and additional classrooms would be provided among other amenities for the convenience of students in schools.

“There might be problems initially with the implementation of the program, but the ultimate goal is to bring about change and improve the facilities for the students,” she explained. Up to three lakh pupils from private schools joined the state schools after Covid and most of them were from English junior high schools. Since most parents have expressed an interest in sending their children to government schools, the department has paid special attention not only to improving the facilities for the students, but also to providing English language education.

She said separate training sessions were also held for school teachers. Regarding higher education, the minister said that new courses including ITeS, banking, etc. have also been introduced to meet the demand in the market.

After announcing 80,039 positions, the department has also ordered officials from all universities to start coaching classes and help students. Plans were also drawn up to make Koti Women’s College a university for women and the necessary funds were also provided.

Responding to a question from CLP Chair Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka about increasing the fee structure by private school boards, the minister said a report prepared by the Cabinet sub-committee on the issue would be submitted to Prime Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for consideration.

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