AP to convert all social welfare hostels into residential schools

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Amaravati: The social welfare hostels in Andhra Pradesh would soon become residential schools with all facilities as the State government has decided to convert the hostels into the residential schools in a phased manner.

Minister for Social Welfare, Ravela Kishore Babu, announced this at a meeting of the employees of the social welfare residential schools here on Sunday. He said that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had already approved the proposal. The Social Welfare Department officials are now making arrangements to convert the hostels into residential schools in a phased manner, he added.

The government has already improved the facilities in the 180 residential schools in the State with digital class rooms by spending Rs 20 crores on each school for technical equipment and additional teaching and non-teaching staff, the minister said.

A new residential school is coming up at Kuppam, the home town of the Chief Minister. This would start functioning from the next academic year, Ravela said and added that this model residential school is being established at a cost of Rs 21 crores.

The residential schools would have, besides digital classrooms, internet facility for the students and access to the online libraries. The government has already paid Rs 2 crores to the AP Fibrenet Corporation to provide internet connection to all the welfare hostels and the residential schools, the minister said. The students would also be given technical and other coaching to prepare them for the competitive exams including civil services, the minister added.

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