HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister Dr. Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy today decided to bifurcate primary and secondary education departments and consequently there will be separate Secretaries and Directorates for each of it. The Chief Minister has reviewed the performance of school education departments today.
As per the new proposal, the primary education will comprise of I to Vth class including pre-primary classes plus the Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan. The Secondary Education will comprise of VI to Xth and then up to XII Class (Higher Secondary). The Chief Minister also agreed to the proposal to have separate Special Secretaries to look after service matters of the teachers for both the departments.
The Chief Minister today had a comprehensive review on the working, achievements and issues of the School Education department. Dr Reddy said that the secondary education should also focus on English Medium. The Chief Minister directed that the both of the departments should see that all Government schools should have pucca buildings, additional classrooms, toilets, compound walls and other infrastructures.
The Secretary, Secondary education will look after Secondary Education, Government Examinations, A.P. Residential Educational Institutions Society, Hyderabad Public School and Intermediate Education.
The Secretary, Primary Education will look after Primary Education, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, SIET, Adult Education, Public Libraries, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, A.P. Mahila Samatha Society, A.P. Open Schools Society, SCERT and A.P. Text Book Press.
The Chief Minister also asked the departments to come with a detailed proposal to constitute a Madrasas Board and how to recognise the Madrasa syllabus so that the students passing out would get jobs.
The Chief Minister asked the departments to come with proposals to regulate the private schools and how to prevent them from charging exhorbitant fees from the parents in the name of quality education. He said fleecing of the parents by the Corporate schools cannot go unchecked.
The School education department informed the Chief Minister that there was some delay in supplying of the text books because of the elections and model code etc. However textbooks for classes 6th to 10th are ready and will be supplied by the second week of this month and for other classes, effort will be made to supply the text books by the month end.
The Chief Minister also agreed to release the State’s share of Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan and also funds for the buildings and infrastructure of government schools. The Chief Minister also congratulated the Government schools for their performance in the government examinations. He has also agreed to the proposed examination reforms like coding of answer scripts and supplying of xerox copies of answer scripts, grading etc. He also agreed to release the State’s share for the proposed Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) for IX and X classes.
The Chief Minister also hailed the performance of 135 residential schools and 220 KGBVs. where 99.1% students passed and the highest mark is 585/600.
Minister for Secondary School Education & Residential Schools, Manikya Vara Prasad, Minister for Primary Education and Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan, Mohd. Ahemedulla Syed, Principal Secretary, Secondary Education, K R Kishore, Secretary, Primary Education, SSA, J C Sharma, State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission, Mohd. Ali Rafat, Additional Secretary,School Education, Ilaiah and other officials attended the meeting.