June 11, 2009

YSR wants private schools’ fee structure monitored

HYDERABAD: The State government has decided to separate primary and secondary education, post two separate Secretaries and create two Directorates.
The primary education will cover classes I to V besides pre-primary and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) while secondary education will include class VI to X and till XII (higher secondary).
The decision was taken by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy while taking up comprehensive review on the working, achievements and issues relating to school education along with Ministers and officials. He wanted them to come up with proposals to regulate private schools, prevent them from charging exorbitant fees in the name of quality education.
Dr. Reddy also agreed to the proposal to have separate Special Secretaries to look after service matters of the teachers for both the departments, according to a press release from the Chief Minister’s Office.
The Chief Minister stressed the need for secondary education to focus on English medium. Both departments should see that all government schools had permanent buildings, additional classrooms, toilets and compound walls.
Besides, primary education and SSS, the Secretary, Primary education, will take care of adult education, public libraries, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, AP Mahila Samatha Society, AP Open Schools Society, SCERT and AP Text Book Press. The Secretary, Secondary education, will also be in charge of Government examinations, AP Residential Educational Institutions Society, Hyderabad Public School and Intermediate education.
Dr. Reddy asked the departments to come up with a detailed proposal to constitute Madrasas Board and how to recognise the syllabus of madrasas so that the students passing out from them get jobs. The school education department officials told the Chief Minister that there was delay in supply of text books because of elections and model code. However, textbooks for class VI to X were ready and will be supplied by second week of this month. For other classes, they will be supplied by month-end.