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Speaking at a function organised as part of the ongoing Chaduvula Panduga programme here today, Mr. Naidu said the programme was taken up by the Government to improve the interest in education among children in the school going-age but who were out of school. The programme was also aimed at poverty alleviation by securing a good future for children by providing them education.
He explained that his Government had been giving top priority for development of education. Accordingly, thousands of school buildings were constructed and thousands of teachers and education volunteers appointed during his eight-and-half-years rule, he noted. The mid-day meal scheme and audio-visual classes were also taken up to improve the strength of students as well as quality of education.
Besides, for bringing higher education in the reach of the rural areas, the Government had sanctioned a number of medical, engineering and other colleges with professional courses. Children in the rural areas were not lagging behind their counterparts of the urban areas in spite of their poverty, Mr. Naidu said.
The skills exhibited by school-going children, school drop-outs as well as uncovered children of Brahmasamudram mandal were a shining example of the latent knowledge of the children. He particularly complimented 11-year-old Thimmappa, who wrote Telugu alphabets with his right leg as his two arms were polio-stricken, and a couple of girls who spoke and sang at the meeting without any inhibitions.
Educating all was the most important programme for his Government, he said. All children above five years of age must be in schools and should not spoil their childhood by working.
He warned of penalising employers who employed children. He said the number of illiterates was very high in Anantapur, Kurnool, Prakasam, Mahabubnagar and Medak districts.
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