Vijayawada

Schools eager to march ahead in Amaravati

The five-storied building which is coming up near Siris Company at Chowdarypet will be called Vidya Bhavan and house all educational wings in the State. —Photo: V. Raju

The five-storied building which is coming up near Siris Company at Chowdarypet will be called Vidya Bhavan and house all educational wings in the State. —Photo: V. Raju  

The school education sector in Amaravati is set to witness big time massive changes in the new academic year.

The fast-changing scenario in the new capital region of Andhra Pradesh has the managements of corporate schools designing mega residential projects to cater to the influx of additional number of students migrating from Hyderabad and seeking admission in local schools. Their counterparts in private schools are focussed on strengthening the infrastructure facilities while schools in the government sector are almost immune to the changes.

Management of the KKR Gowtham Educational Institutions is coming up with a mega residential set-up at Agiripalli at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 crore while Viswa Bharathi educational institutions have also made plans for embarked on a residential school in an area of 20 acres.

‘Technology-induced teaching’

Realising that they have only six months to spruce up for the new academic year, managements of privates schools met under the banner of Andhra Pradesh Private Schools’ Association (APPSA) a few days back to thrash out their future course of action.

“To meet new challenges, we have decided to rely on technology-induced teaching and refurbish our labs,” says K. Chandrasekhar, secretary of the association.

The APPSA members are confident that instead of residential set-ups, demand for regular schools will be more “since we’ll have a large population of day-scholars,” explains Mr. Chandrasekhar.

Speaking about the wide gap between government-run schools and corporate schools, Mr. Chandrasekhar said he saw it as an opportunity for private institutions to fill in the gap by rising to the occasion. “If we fail to do so, the middle class will suffer immensely,” he said.

The district education authorities, meanwhile, have not received any intimation so far on the possible changes.

“Employees in Hyderabad seem to be in a dilemma. The final decision will be known by February. Most children migrating from Hyderabad may look for CBSE schools and we have about 10-15 of them here,” said Krishna District Educational Officer (DEO) A. Subba Reddy.

The DEO admits that the current academic year (2015-16) saw nearly 10,000 additional enrolments in local schools.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, meanwhile, is keen on shifting all education wings to AP by the time the new academic year begins.

HRD Minister Ganta Srinivas Rao had announced that all offices of the Education Department would be shifted to Vijayawada and located in a single building. Announcing that the building would be named ‘Vidya Bhavan’, he had said the project would be ready in the next three months.The government constituted a committee to look for a private accommodation and fix up rent for the same.

The panel comprises Executive Engineers of R&B, MA & UD, and SSA, Vijayawada besides Regional Joint Director, School Education Department, Kakinada in East Godavari district and Prof. Narasimha Rao, Vice-Chairman of Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.

“Three of us have inspected a five-storied building under construction opposite old Kennedy School building near Siris Company in Chowdarypet and submitted our report,” said Maruthi Rao, EE, Rajiv Vidya Mission.

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