Andhra Pradesh

Will resolve MEOs’ issues soon, says HRD Minister

HRD Minister A. Suresh addressing a meeting on ‘Naadu-Nedu’ programme, in Vijayawada on Sunday.

HRD Minister A. Suresh addressing a meeting on ‘Naadu-Nedu’ programme, in Vijayawada on Sunday.  

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DIET centres to be transformed into teacher training establishments

Responding to a set of demands put forth by Mandal Education Officers (MEOs), Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister A. Suresh on Sunday said that the issues of long-pending promotions of headmasters, school assistants and other posts would be resolved soon.

Admitting that more than half of the 660 MEO posts were vacant, Mr. Suresh said that there were unresolved issues, some either due to litigation or lack of coordination.

The District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) centres, which were lying “obsolete”, would be transformed into training establishments to impart skills to teachers in English language, Mr. Suresh said.

English-medium

Addressing a meeting organised by the State Mandal Education Officers’ Association here, the Minister said that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was particular about introducing English medium schools in the government sector.

As part of the reforms, it was proposed to bring changes in the syllabus of classes I to V and the year after that, the syllabus of classes VI to X would be altered. He said that the exam pattern for Class X students had already been changed in an effort to shift from the rote model to a learning process.

Mr. Suresh said that the size of the education sector, comprising over 46,000 schools, was a major challenge and said that the Mandal Education Officers would play a pivotal role in effective implementation of the proposed reforms in their respective areas.

“To identify and effectively address issues paralysing smooth functioning of educational institutions, the government has constituted two Regulatory and Monitoring Commissions — one for the school education sector and the other for the higher education department. These commissions are looking into key issues such as fee structures of the private institutes and problems bothering the teaching community,” the Minister said.

Report on reforms

Mr. Suresh said that the committee on education reforms, headed by chairman N. Balakrishnan, had submitted its report and added that the government would approve it at the earliest.

Mr. Suresh promised that all vacant posts would be filled soon and other issued addressed effectively.

MLCs and officials of the Education Department were present at the meeting.

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