Govt will provide quality education to all: Minister

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Hyderabad, Sep 1 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh School Education Minister C Damodar Rajanarsimha today said the state government was committed to providing quality education to all sections of the people in the state.

Replying to a debate on school education in the Legislative Council, he said the state government had introduced English medium in 6,500 high schools along with Telugu.

Apart from providing training to teachers, the government had decided to establish language labs on par with science labs to teach English.

Admitting that many posts for teacher were vacant, he said the government would take steps to fill it as per the requirements in 10 to 15 days and assured to conduct District Selection Committee (DSC), 2008.

When Ch Ramaiah of Teachers constituency, demanded separate directorates for primary and secondary education, the minister assured to constitute the directorates soon. He also informed the members that the government would introduce mid-day meals to ninth and tenth class students from October 13 this year.

The minister refuted the allegations of Mr Sudhakar Reddy from Teachers' constituency that the government was neglecting the government schools and encouraging the private institutions.

He also refuted the allegations of Mr Rama Subba Reddy from Graduates constituency that the government was not committed to bringing unified service rules for the teachers in the state and said though the Law, HRD and Finance departments had cleared the state government's proposal in this regard, which was forwarded to the President, it had come back for some clarifications. The government would soon send the proposal incorporating all the required details.

On a suggestion by Mr Subrahmanyam of Graduates constituency, the minister agreed to constitute a committee to study the education patterns in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

Mr Venkata Siva Reddy of the TDP demanded the government to regularise the Vidya Volunteers and fill the vacancies of the teachers.

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