AP govt plans to achieve 100% literacy rate by 2019

CM Chandrababu Naidu at press conference

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day celebration, the Hon’ble Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched Education Department’s website while on his visit to Andhra Pradesh to attend the state-level Teachers’ Day, National Inter District Junior Athletics Meet and Srikrishna Janmastami celebrations. While addressing the Teacher’s in the celebrations he asked the teachers to help transform Andhra Pradesh into a “knowledge hub”. Further he said the “My aim is to bring 100 per cent literacy in Andhra Pradesh by 2019, although as of now the literacy rate of the state is just 67 per cent,” he said.

The state-level Teachers’ Day celebrations were conducted at Andhra University College grounds wherein 71 teachers were awarded with best teacher awards by him.

He also laid emphasis that there is an urgent need to improve the present standards of primary education. Naidu was of the view that the Government on his part is taking the best initiatives like proper physical infrastructure of the schools so as to improve the standard of primary education. Appreciating the steps taken by the Government he said, “We are also committed to provide quality education to poor students, for which additional residential schools will be opened in the state if the need arises in the near future.”

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He was also found quoting that though the state has gone through many financial crisis and faced fund crunch, yet government has never stepped back to improve the educational standards of government schools so this time too they have increased the budget for school education.

Naidu further said, “Education is very essential for development of the country and eradication of poverty. Though Andhra Pradesh stands at a good position in higher education, it is lagging behind in primary education. It is the responsibility of teachers to work with commitment and look after the welfare of students. Help transform the state into knowledge hub in future.” Andhra Pradesh human resources development minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao who was also present at the gathering said that the budget allocation of the education sector has been increased to 10 percent by the state government which was earlier 16 percent so as to offer quality education to all irrespective of the category to which they belong to.

As per the statements made by Naidu while addressing the gathering he said that once the bifurcation process comes to an end, the Centre has decided to establish somewhere around eleven new institutions in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Moreover he was of the view that “Out of the eleven, foundation for five institutions, like IIM, has already been laid.”Not only this but also the state government signed an MoU with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to take up the skill development programme in university colleges.

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