Doing a tough talk with officials of school education and secondary education from the districts of Krishna, West Godavari and Guntur here on Thursday, Minister for Secondary Education K. Parthasarathi and Principal Secretary for School Education D. Sambasiva Rao said that urgent issues pertaining to quality of education, rationalisation of teacher strength, implementation of mid-day meal scheme and the like should be taken seriously and resolved without further delay.

Chairing the zonal review meet at sub-collector's conference hall, Mr. Parthasarathi called upon the officials to explore ways to rein in the private educational institutions that were charging exorbitant fees. Even as the government was making sincere efforts to improve standards in its schools, it was facing intense competition from the private sector. He sought to know from the officials attending the meeting whether they admitted their children in government schools and colleges. “If you don't have the confidence in government educational institutions, how can you expect others to admit their children in government schools?” he questioned.

Mr. Parthasarathi asked the officials to prepare a report to enable the government to introduce English medium from class 1 in its schools, instead of from sixth class as it was in vogue now. There was a lot of demand from the parents to introduce English medium of education from class 1, and it would, in fact, make sense because children would then be able to learn their subjects in only one language from the beginning to the end of school education.

Dr. Sambasiva Rao asked the district educational officers and other officials concerned to suspend the contract awarded to women self-help groups if any group was found not providing boiled egg eight times a month. If there was any drop in the quality of food served in mid-day meal scheme, action should be taken without any second thought, he made clear, even as he asked the officials not to delay the payment of bills to the self-help groups.

The Principal Secretary further made it clear that the officials must send reports relating to rationalisation of strength in government and aided schools within 15 days.

Commissioner of School Education R. Satyanarayana, Additional Directors and others participated.