Jagan Mohan Reddy says weaker sections and the underprivileged should not be deprived of opportunities
All government schools in the state will be provided necessary infrastructure, including setting up of English labs, and basic amenities
Defending his move to introduce English as the medium of instruction in government schools from the next academic year for Classes I to VI, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday asked his critics whether they were willing to send their children to government schools, or to English medium schools.
“They do not practice what they preach. Weaker sections and the underprivileged should not be deprived of opportunities and we are providing them with such programmes," Reddy told a gathering at Ongole during the launch of the first phase of the ₹3,500-crore Nadu-Nedu programme, under which 15,715 state-owned schools will get a facelift in three months.
Reddy assured the people that his government will go ahead with its decision despite criticism from all quarters.
All government schools in the state will be provided necessary infrastructure, including setting up of English labs, and basic amenities such as a clean environment, furniture, toilets, running water, compound wall, blackboard and renovation. It will also run training programmes for imparting skills to teachers, besides setting up parent committees.
“During my 3,648-km padayatra (walk across Andha Pradesh), I have seen family members sharing their woes about the lack of a level-playing field, as their children are left behind due to the non-availability of opportunities. This was a conscious decision taken after due consideration and visualizing what our future generation requires in the new age of artificial intelligence(AI) and robotics, where driverless cars would become a reality," added Reddy.
Over the past few weeks, Reddy was criticized by several groups, especially Opposition leaders, for making English the medium of instruction in government schools. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party leader Pawan Kalyan, among other leaders, censured the state government, claiming that the move would endanger Telugu, the local language.