government is bringing in a Bill during the ongoing winter session of the Legislature for amending the AP Education Act, 1982, to give a legal shield to the proposal for conversion of all schools in the state to the
medium of instruction.
The state government has decided to make English the medium of instruction for classes 1 to 6 in all schools, replacing the native language Telugu, beginning from 2020-21 academic year, with Telugu or Urdu being a compulsory subject.
While there is strong opposition to the move from different quarters, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is firm on going ahead with the decision “come what may” and accordingly, wants to give it legislative backing, highly- placed sources told PTI.
He discussed the issue with a core team of top officials here on Saturday and asked the School Education Department to draft the Bill for enactment in the ongoing winter session of the Legislature, the sources revealed.
A Cabinet note on the draft Bill is being circulated among the ministers for formal approval before introducing it in the Legislature.
“The Bill will be taken up either on Monday or Tuesday. The Chief Minister wants to ensure that the English medium proposal has the required legal backing so that nobody could tamper with the ultimate objective,” the sources averred.
Classes from I to VI in Primary, Upper Primary, High Schools under all managements will first be converted into English medium from the academic year 2020-21.
English medium will be introduced for classes 7 to 10 in the subsequent four years f