HYDERABAD: Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy informed the State Assembly on Friday that the state government will strengthen the school education system by investing Rs 7,289 crore. The program is implemented in three phases in 26,065 schools under the Department of School Education.
Under Phase I (2021-22), the program is resumed with an estimated budgetary cost of Rs 3,497 crore. Emphasis will be placed on the improvement of infrastructure and the comprehensive development of schools.
The minister also said that the schools will be named after donors who donated Rs 25 lakh for primary schools, Rs 50 lakh for upper primary schools and Rs 1 crore for high schools.
She said the state government will introduce English for grades 1 to 8 in all public schools from the next school year (2022-23), for grade 9 from 2023-24 and class 10 from 2024-25. Bilingual textbooks will be provided free of charge, the minister said.
Responding to a question posed during Question Time, the minister said that under ‘Mana Ooru Mana Badi’ in rural areas and ‘Mana Basthi-Mana Badi’ in urban areas, the education department will organize a special training program for teachers from March 14. She said that during Phase I, the program would be implemented in 9,123 high-density schools in the state.
The 12 components that are included in the development program include toilets with running water, electrification, drinking water supply, furniture for students and staff, major and minor repairs among other criteria.