School Education Education Department has given GO.Ms.No.23 on Dated: 29-04-2015 for Conversion of all KGBVs into English Medium in the State of Andhra Pradesh. In this connection, the AP Govt. has accorded permission to the State Project Director, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan(SPD, AP SSA), A.P., Hyderabad to convert all the 334 KGBVs as English Medium KGBVs from 6th to 8th classes in the State of Andhra Pradesh from the academic year 2015-16 and certain action plans have been issued to the SPD.
GO.23 All AP KGBVs Converted into AP KGBV English Medium Schools from 2015-16: As per GO.23, Government accorded permission to the SPD, SSA, AP, Hyderabad to convert all KGBVs as English Medium KGBVs in AP from the academic year 2015-16. with the following action plans:
The 18 KGBVs of minority children already instructed in English Medium will be included in training of CRTs and other activities proposed.
AP KGBV English Medium School Admissions for 2015-16:
- From the academic year 2015-16, the admission in 6th class in these KGBVs shall be made for English Medium only and they progressively move to full-fledged English Medium by the time they reach 8th class and so on.
- Medium of instruction for 6th, 7th and 8th shall be in English.
- Students in IX and X classes be allotted to continue their studies in Telugu Medium, so as not to disturb their level of preparation for the SSC Common Examination in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
- Additional classes shall be held for IX class students for enhancing their English Language skills and knowledge.
Training to CRTs:
- The initial step to begin with, special focus will be laid on imparting well planned and effective training to the existing teachers (CRTs). The existing vacancies shall be filled up preferably with candidates passed out in English Medium.
As SCERT is the academic authority for Education in A.P., APSSA need to draw all the possible technical support and specialized assistance for smooth imparting of training at district level, right from the selection of Resource Persons as Master Trainers, nuances and design of orientation to district level trainers, preparation of Glossary of technical terms in each subject of study, adoption of existing CCE, finalization of examination pattern etc
Action Plan for 2015-16:
- All the selected`105 Resource Persons or Master Trainers drawn from the SCERT will be given Orientation for 3 days at the State level during the first week of May, 2015 in English, Mathematics, Physical Science, Biological Science and Social Studies.
- Further in the month of May, 2015, all the CRTs who teach above 5 subjects, shall impart training in 4 centers in Andhra Region and 3 centers in Rayalaseema Region, in residential mode for 5 days in each subject. An average 50-60 CRTs will be trained in each such Centre.
Convergence with other Stakeholders:
Besides SCERT, agencies like DIETs, UNICEF, Regional Institute of English, Bangalore, Regional College of Education, Mysore, British Council, EFLU, International NGOs like Agasthya Foundation, Ekalavya Foundation etc. who have excelled in imparting training in English and other subjects, also will be consulted for evolving system of in-service training or refresher courses for CRTs periodically.
Requirement of Text Books:
There is a total requirement of 177408 Text Books in respect of Maths, Physical Science, Bio-Science and Social Studies for 6th, 7th and 8th Classes. An indent will be placed with Director, A.P. Govt. Text Book Press.
CCE & Final Examination Pattern:
It is planned to include full-fledged adoption of existing CCE in KGBVs to increase marks to the tune of 60% in the summative and 40% in the formative components of CCE in order to strengthen the transition of children from Telugu to English Medium.
House Exams/Home Exams:
Even in the in house examinations, relaxation will be given in writing answers in Telugu in the formative tests to the extent indicated below:
- During 2015-16, Class VI, Class VII & Class VIII students shall be allowed to write the subject Papers in Telugu to the extent of 75%. Balance 25% (covering multiple choice, fill in the blanks, easy comprehension questions etc.) mandatorily written in English.
- During 2016-17 – 50% in Telugu and 50% in English Medium.
- During 2017-18 – 25% in Telugu and 75% in English Medium.
- Class IX & X students be allowed to continue to take the examination in Telugu Medium for 2015-16 and 2016-17. An additional formative test in English Language skills may be included for class IX students at the KGBVs.