Move to improve standards in state schools

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, who is also in-charge of education ministry, asserted that the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government would take all the required measures to bring back the past academic excellence in government schools in Telangana.

Replying to a volley of questions in the State Assembly on the prevailing conditions in state schools during Question Hour, the Deputy CM said a three-pronged strategy has been formulated to improve the conditions and standards in state schools – to ensure cent per cent admissions, provide uniforms to students and built required toilets in different schools.

Srihari reiterated that these three main tasks would be fulfilled by June 12 this year. If there are any schools where these three tasks are not fulfilled, steps would be taken to achieve the same immediately once it comes to the notice of the government, he added.

The Deputy CM further said the state government would also ensure that all the government schools in the state would have required toilets before the start of next academic year. Two persons would be appointed in each school for cleaning and maintenance of the toilets, he reiterated.

Srihari pointed out that in all, there were 25,926 government schools comprising of primary, upper primary and high schools. Though at least one toilet is there in each school, lack of required water and non-maintenance has led to the closure of the toilets in many schools, he explained.

Earlier raising the issue of the pathetic conditions prevailing in government schools, Machireddy Kishan stressed the importance of keeping the toilets clean and in hygienic conditions. He wanted that the government to take construction of toilets as per the strength of the students in the schools.

Paltry remunerations are being paid to the workers, which was one of the causes for improper maintenance of toilets, he observed. Congress member Sampath Kumar demanded release of adequate funds to the Panchayat Raj and Gram Panchayats for maintenance of toilets in schools.(NSS)

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