The Telangana cabinet has decided to introduce English medium in all government schools in the state from the academic year 2022-23 and regulate fee in private schools, junior and degree colleges. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting convened on Monday, an official release said.
CM move to introduce English medium in government schools across the State from the coming academic year as a game changer. Reddy observed that this move was the first step towards making students from poor backgrounds as global citizens. Western countries were way ahead in technology, science, and other disciplines where Indian students were lagging, despite a competent talent pool, due to lack of resources.
The philanthropist said lack of access to English has become a major hurdle for poor and rural students for decades now and added that Chief Minister’s decision to introduce English medium will help students in scaling greater heights in life, on a par with students from private schools. Since private and corporate schools were charging exorbitant fee, studying in English medium schools remained a dream for many but that scenario is a thing of the past. He exuded confidence that the number of admissions in government schools will go up because of this game changing move of the State government. He further observed that teachers in government schools were better equipped and qualified than their counterparts in private schools.
Who grabbed the attention of the entire nation by spending Rs 6 crore from his pocket on building Bibipet Zilla Parishad High School where he studied as a kid, appealed to philanthropists to support the Telangana government’s move by making liberal donations to improve infrastructure facilities in schools in their villages. On apprehensions that English medium schools will have a negative impact on Telugu learning ability among students, he dismissed such doubts as not true. *
The cabinet has constituted a subcommittee of ministers headed by Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy to study and prepare guidelines on the issues. At the meeting, the cabinet also gave its nod to ‘Mana Vooru Mana Badi’ (Our Village-Our School) scheme at a cost of Rs. 7289 crore for better infrastructure facilities and quality education in the government schools.
“The cabinet felt that the parents in rural areas are ready to send their children to the government schools if medium of instruction is in English. Hence, the cabinet decided to have English as the medium of instruction in the government schools and to develop infrastructure accordingly,” the release said.
The government also decided to draw up an action plan to train teachers to impart education in English to students at the primary level, to make environment in the schools attractive for the children, keep the premises clean and tidy, improve the mid-day meal programme.
DSE Guidelines /Instructions on Opening of Govt English Medium Schools/Classes in Telangana State. Necessary infrastructure facilities in TS Schools for Opening EM Schools or EM Classes. DSE Telangana, Rc.No.655, Dt.29-04-2016: Govt. of TS, School Education – the opening of English Medium Schools/classes – in the State – submission of proposals – certain instructions – Reg.
1) G.O. Ms. No. 524 Edn dt. 20-12-1998.
2) G.O. Ms. No. 55 Edn dt. 05-07-2012.
3) Govt. in Memo No. 31799/SE/Prog.l/A2/2013, Dt:03.0l.2014 .
4) This office Pr. Re. No. 655/PS.3-2/2015 Dt. 22-12-2015
The Regional Joint Director of School Education, Hyderabad and Warangal and all the District Educational Officers in the State are informed that No. of Representations are being received from the Public· Representatives and parents for according permission for opening of new English Medium Schools and to run Parallel English Medium Sections in existing Telugu Medium Schools Govt. and Local Body Schools.
Necessary infrastructure facilities in Schools:
In this regard, they are directed to consider whether necessary infrastructure facilities are available in the school, such as
- Class rooms,
- Sufficient teaching staff and their willingness to teach English Medium subjects,
- Without additional financial commitment,
- Involvement of Community to support in all respects to run the new section etc.
- and take action as per Rule (7) and Rule (8) of the G.O. Ms. No. 524 Edn. dt. 20-12-1998.
In view of the above, the Regional Joint Director of School Education, Hyderabad and Warangal and all the District Educational Officers in the State are directed to follow G.O. Ms. No. 524 Edn. dt. 20-12-1998 duly satisfying all the conditions laid down therein for taking necessary action in the matter. The proposals received in this office on the above subject are herewith returned to the Districts.The above instructions shall be followed scrupulously.