Giving a clarion call for sweeping changes in education by strengthening the government schools and improving enrolment rate, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has said that teachers play a pivotal role in sculpting the future of the children by laying a strong foundation on moral and ethical grounds and said the State should aim at achieving hundred percent literacy rate.
Addressing the main function of Teachers’ Day Celebrations on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that his Government has started many path-breaking schemes and has the strong will to improve the standards of education but the main vehicles that would drive the children to the intended goal would be teachers. Amma Vodi, Fees Reimbursement and paying Rs 20,000 annually for hostel and mess charges are some of the initiatives from the government side to encourage enrolment and progress in education while it is the teacher who has to mould the child as responsible future citizens.
Books and uniforms were not given to students on time and many of schools were unhygienic with lack of running water, toilets and other necessary infrastructure. The government of the day did not give priority to education and people have come and told me time and again about their plight. That was when the Amma Vodi scheme has taken shape. We ensure that the infrastructure of government schools will be improved in three years by improving the infrastructure give a pictorial comparison of the schools now and after the renovation.
‘The onus lies on your shoulders to shape the child’s future and we should be looking towards zero percent illiteracy rate,’ he said. While the national average illiteracy rate is 27 % our State stands at 33 % which is not a good sign and with the government initiatives and your commitment we can bring the down the rate to zero percent. On higher education level, among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations, the average enrolment of youth between 18 and 22 years is highest in Russia followed by Brazil and China while our nation tails the table. To change this situation, we have introduced fees reimbursement and are giving allowance for hostel and mess charges and the ratio should improve in the coming days, he said.