Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The GO issued by the State government making English medium in municipal schools in the State instead of Telugu medium was kept on hold following outrage from various quarters.
Wide spread resentment from various quarters including teachers’ unions who vowed to protest the decision which, they contended would prove to be suicidal. The Director of Municipal Administration K.Kannababu confirmed the move has been kept on hold for now meanwhile the Minister for Municipal Administration said that the municipal schools were lagging behind their corporate counterparts and introduction of IIT foundation and English medium would help students compete at the national level events. The Director of Municipal Administration confirmed that the move would be implemented from next academic year and the meanwhile, the time available would be utilized to impart training on teachers, keep the English medium books ready and mentally prepare the students for the new medium of instruction.
Academicians, members of AP Teachers’ Federation have said that the move has stirred a hornet’s nest by making English medium of instruction in all municipal schools. Many teachers demanded that the State government should suspend the implementation of GO No.14 ad provide alternation options by giving the studnets a choice.
MLC M.V.S Sarma said that the initiative taken up is against the Right to Education Act and added that ‘English can be taught as a language but it cannot be made as a medium of instruction. The change meant for the little ones should be made by choice but certainly not by force.
HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that ‘Telugu would not be neglected and steps would be considered to impart education in both Telugu and English media after discussing the same with the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.