Andhra Pradesh

Kanna urges rethink on school education reforms

‘Switching over to English medium will impact literacy and dropout rates’

BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana has requested Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to review the decision to convert into English medium all the government, MPP and ZP schools and conduct all classes in English (Classes 1 to 8) from the academic year 2020-21. “It is not the panacea for every ill that is plaguing the education sector. Many intellectuals have studied in their mother tongue,” he said in a letter to Mr. Reddy.

‘Injustice to Telugu’

Mr. Lakshminarayana said there were no wide-ranging discussions on the consequences. While other States were protecting the local languages, Andhra Pradesh was doing injustice to Telugu, he said. The sudden transition of students from Telugu to English medium would be extremely difficult and there was a possibility of the students, especially poor children in the rural areas, dropping out due to that ill-conceived step of the School Education Department, he said. It would also be problematic for the teachers to switch to English as the medium of instruction overnight, he observed. The BJP leader contended that the proposal would turn out to be a boon for the private institutions.

The government should ponder over the impact on the literacy rate, which was abysmal compared to other States. It was acknowledged around the world that the mother tongue was the most effective means to achieving best results in primary education, but the government was blind to it, he observed.

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