Hyderabad, Dec 8 (UNI) In a significant move to reduce drop out rates among SC, ST and other weaker section students, and prepare them to compete with their counterparts, Andhra Pradesh government today decided to impart CBSE pattern education in English medium in 651 residential schools in the state from the next academic year.
Talking to newspersons here after a review of schools with Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, State Education Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha said a non-recurring expense of Rs 5320.24 crore and a recurring expense of Rs 1161.13 crore would be incurred on the project to strengthen the residential schools.
The full-fledged project would be posed for partial funding by international funding agencies, he said, adding, strengthening of schools would be taken up in five years by allocating Rs 600 crore next academic year and Rs 1,000 crore per annum in the subsequent years.
Replying to a question, the Minister said there would be no Telugu medium residential school after seven years.
The government also decided to constitute an Andhra Pradesh Educational Infrastructural Development Corporation to monitor building and procurement works in all wings of education, including school education, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and residential schools.