Parents and school management criticize AP government’s decision to resume subsidized schools – Edexlive

Jagan Mohan Reddy recently proposed taking over subsidized schools and merging them with state schools (Picture: Express)

the Andhra Pradesh Government the proposal to take over subsidized schools and merge them with public schools continues to draw criticism from parents and management. Instead of a merger, the government should set up a recruiting commission and fill vacant teaching posts in student-assisted schools, teachers’ association leaders said.

A few months ago, the government had ordered the management of assisted educational establishments to manage their establishments themselves or to hand them over to the government. According to information provided by state education department officials, there are about 2,203 private schools across the state with 1.96 lakh students in total, excluding 6,700 teachers. As for aided junior colleges, the state has 182 and up to 71,035 students are pursuing their studies there. More than 2.50 lakh students are studying in 116 subsidized university colleges.

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“Most state-subsidized private schools were founded after independence by Christian missionaries and religious organizations. The state government pays the salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff at assisted schools. Since 2004, promotions for existing staff and filling vacancies have stalled. The government should take action to fill the vacant teaching positions in the aided institutions instead of asking for consent to merge with the government,” said Municipal Teachers Federation (MTF) President S Ramakrishna.

The same goes for the Parents Association of Andhra Pradesh Patasala (APPA) and they also called on the government to stop the Amma Vodi scheme for pupils in assisted schools and allow them to operate as d accustomed to filling vacant teaching posts. P Chandram, president of the APPA, declared: “Already, several parents have approached the courts to oppose the government’s proposal to merge the assisted schools. The High Court, after considering the petition, ordered the state government not to stop the payment of grants to government-subsidized schools in case they were unwilling to merge with the government. Considering the future of students, the government should reverse its proposal and allow aided schools to operate as usual by filling vacant teaching posts to properly maintain the teacher-student ratio. »

Meanwhile, Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh has made it clear that the state government is not forcing any aided educational institution to merge with the government. More than 137 university colleges responded positively, of which the management of seven colleges agreed on paper that they were ready to give up their staff as well as their properties, 124 colleges agreed to give up only their staff, not property, and to run them like private colleges.

The minister said that out of 122 junior colleges, five junior colleges chose to hand over their properties with their staff while 103 junior colleges also chose to hand over their staff. As for the schools, 1,200 out of 1,988 of them have agreed on paper to hand over their staff and 88 schools have chosen to hand over properties with their staff. “In case the private educational institutions are willing to hand over their schools to the government for better management, we are ready to improve the infrastructure under the Nadu-Nedu program and fill the vacant teaching positions to ensure better education for students,” the minister said. .

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Jeremy S. McLain