In a move that has the potential of boosting not only attendances but also the student retention rate, the Andhra Pradesh government is starting LKG, UKG classes in Anganwadi centres across the state for pre-school children from the next academic year. Anganwadi officials and staff have already started making necessary arrangements for offering nursery classes.
Minister for Human Resources Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that this initiative is a part of the government schools agenda besides introducing English medium of instruction for improving enrolment numbers.
He said that the Andhra government was committed to improving government schools through a slew of measures to help them compete with private schools. These included providing English medium education. There are also plans to provide basic literacy for the members of the Self-Help Groups (SHG) and the workers of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
Towards this end the Education department has already identified SHG members and NREGS workers based on their literacy levels through a survey. They would be provided education opportunities through the AP Open Schools Society, the Minister said.