Special Correspondent

State Teachers Union asks government to strengthen the system first

TIRUPATI: General secretary of the State Teachers Union (STU), Andhra Pradesh, K. Narasimha Reddy has on Saturday questioned the wisdom of the State government in trying to introduce drastic reforms in the school education system without adequately strengthening it to implement the reforms.

Implementation of the G.O.76 which dealt with introduction of CBSE syllabus and English as the medium of instruction right from school level without proper training to teachers and meeting the basic minimum needs of the schools in terms of trained teachers, class-rooms, labs etc would only spell a doom to school education as a whole.

Talking to mediapersons at the Press Club here, Mr. Reddy also questioned the propriety of introducing the CBSE syllabus in one go in as many as 6,500 schools against the present 253 schools.

He criticised that the government which initially announced that it would introduce the ‘success school’ concept in 1,000 high schools and earmarked Rs.1,000 cr. for it, has all of a sudden raised the number to 6,500 schools without suitably strengthening the system.

Mr. Reddy also said that that the move to merge 4,532 upper primary schools existing within two kms radius would cause a serious hardship to the students especially in the rural areas besides resulting in huge ‘drop-outs’, he added.

He alleged that in Hyderabad alone 294 schools were closed down and regretted that the government failed to set up schools on a need-based manner in the State.

He said by indiscriminately shifting teachers in the districts without proper guidelines was creating a ‘chaotic situation’.

It was in this context that the STU leader announced that under the banner of the JACTO State-wide picketings would be held before the mandal offices on June, 24, before the Collectorates on June, 27 and a ‘Chalo Secretariat’ on July 7 to exert pressure on the government to see the ground realities and go ahead with its reforms.