After a row over controversial GOs, Andhra Pradesh state government has passed orders stating the medium of instruction from first to the eighth standard as English from the academic year 2020-21. While a category of analysts and parents welcomed the decision, this has evoked criticism from a few of the academicians and teachers.
According to the order issued by the School Education Department on Tuesday, there will be no Telugu and Urdu medium government schools in the state from the next academic year. In the line of this order, all government, Mandal Praja Parishad (MPP) and Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools will be converted into English medium schools. However, Telugu or Urdu will be made a compulsory subject in all the schools.
It is known news that the Jgan-led government has constituted an expert committee to look into the conversion of all the government schools into English medium which finally gave a nod. While the opposition leaders stated that this was against the recommendation of the Kasturi Rangan Committee, the teachers of the Telugu and Urdu medium schools stated that they lacked the necessary skills to teach in English. A few of academicians also opined that this move would increase the drop rate.