AP govt to restructure school education system

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Hyderabad, Nov 9 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has decided to bifurcate the School Education Department into Primary and Secondary Education.

Official sources said Primary Education would include Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan (SSA) while Intermediate Education would be merged with Secondary Education by following on the footsteps of other States, especially Kerala.

Dr Reddy opined that the move will help significantly in improving the quality of education in general, checking the drop-out rate and boosting girls' education in particular. It will also help in giving maximum attention to elementary education, as well as a focussed approach to secondary and Intermediate Education.

Outlining the priority of his Government to ensure 100 per cent literacy, Dr Reddy asked the officials to study the education models being implemented in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala and identify the processes involved in the bifurcation for issuing necessary orders shortly.

The Chief Minister's instructions came in light of the proposal by the Centre to make elementary education a fundamental right.

The bifurcation of School Education would help in focussing more on elementary education while strengthening secondary education up to Intermediate level, the sources added.

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