the Government of Andhra Pradesh The proposal to take over the assisted schools and merge them with public schools continues to attract criticism from parents and management. Instead of a merger, the government should form a recruiting council and fill vacant teaching posts in schools supported for the benefit of students, leaders of the teachers’ associations said.
A few months ago, the government asked the management of the assisted educational establishments either to manage their establishments themselves or to cede them to the government. According to information provided by officials from the state education department, there are around 2,203 private subsidized schools across the state with a total of 1.96 lakh of students, with the exception of 6,700 teachers. As for the subsidized junior colleges, the state has 182 and up to 71,035 students continue their studies there. Over 2.50 lakh students study at 116 university colleges.
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Most of the state-sponsored private schools were founded after independence by Christian missionaries and religious organizations. The state government pays the salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff in the assisted establishments. Since 2004, promotions of existing staff and the filling of vacant posts have stalled. Measures should be taken by the government to fill vacant teaching posts in the assisted schools instead of seeking approval for a merger with the government, ”said the president of the Federation of Municipal Teachers (MTF), S Ramakrishna.
It is the same with the Association of Parents of Andhra Pradesh Patasala (APPA) and they also asked the government to stop the Amma Vodi program for the pupils of the assisted schools and to allow them to function as usual. by filling vacant teaching posts. P Chandram, president of the APPA, declared: “Several parents have already 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 providing grants to government-subsidized schools in the event that they are unwilling to merge with the government. In view of the students’ future, the government should recall its proposal and allow the assisted schools to operate as usual by filling vacant teaching posts in order to properly maintain the teacher-student ratio. “
Meanwhile, Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh made it clear that the state government is not forcing any subsidized educational institution to merge with the government. More than 137 university colleges responded positively, of which the principals of seven colleges agreed on paper that they are ready to give up their staff as well as their properties, 124 colleges have agreed to cede only their staff, not the property, and to relinquish their staff. manage them like private colleges.
The minister said that out of 122 junior colleges, five junior colleges have chosen to divest their properties as well as their staff while 103 junior colleges have also chosen to divest their staff. With regard to schools, 1,200 of them out of 1,988 agreed on paper to divest their staff and 88 schools chose to divest properties with their staff. “In the event that 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 to fill the vacant teaching posts to ensure a better education for students, ”the minister said. .