Government English Medium Schools: Current status of English Medium Schools in the State reviewed
Raipur, September 24
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has given instructions to ensure better teaching and studying arrangements in the English medium schools sanctioned by the State Government.
These schools should be equipped with better infrastructure and facilities to impart high-quality education to children, directed Chief Minister.
Baghel has also directed the officials concerned to sanction funds from DMF for construction of necessary infrastructure in English Medium Schools.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was reviewing the current status of the schools sanctioned and run by School Education Department, in a meeting held at his residence office.
The meeting was attended by School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Advisor to Chief Minister Rajesh Tiwari, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Subrat Sahoo, Principal Secretary School Education Dr Alok Shukla, Secretary to Chief Minister Siddhartha Komal Singh Pardeshi, Director Public Instruction Jitendra Shukla, Deputy Secretary Saumya Chaurasiya and other senior officials.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that he is happy to learn about the tremendous response in terms of admission of children in these Government-sanctioned English Medium Schools in District Headquarters of the state.
He said that parents have started approaching these schools for admission. He directed the officials concerned that the quality of education in these Government English Medium School should not be compromised under any circumstances. This will be the only parameter of success for this initiative.
He added that initially, we were planning to open on Government English Medium School in each District Headquarter, but later we decided to sanction 40 schools. But considering the demand of parents and children and also the enthusiasm of local administration, the number of Government English Schools has been increased to 51.
Chief Minister said that in the upcoming academic session, state government is planning to open one Government English School in each of the block headquarters of the state.
Baghel directed the officials of Education Department to make proper arrangements for teaching-studying in all these 51 schools and to simultaneously start planning for the 146 English Medium Schools to be opened in all block headquarters in the upcoming academic session. Officials were directed to pay special attention towards appointment and training of principals and teachers in these English medium schools.
At the onset, Principal Secretary of School Education Department, Dr. Alok Shukla gave detailed information about the deputation of principals, recruitment of teachers and the infrastructure development works being done in government English medium schools, through a powerpoint presentation.
He said that so far 51 government English medium schools have been approved in the state, out of which highest number of schools have been approved for Durg district i.e. 10. Likewise, 4 schools have been sanctioned in Balrampur district, 3 schools each in Raipur, Korba and Bilaspur, Janjgir-Champa, Bemetra, Korea, and two each in Gorela-Pendra- Marwahi and Surguja districts, and one school each has been sanctioned for the remaining districts.
He gave information about the arrangement of science laboratory, library, music and art room, robotics lab, computer and language lab, sports ground and indoor games in these schools. He further said that considering the space available in schools, better infrastructure can be built for laboratory, library and sports.
He informed that the posting of Principals for English Medium Schools has almost been completed on deputation. Teachers are being recruited by school committees. He informed that qualified and experienced principals and teachers are being recruited for these schools. The recruitment process will be completed by the end of October. It was informed in the meeting that 27 thousand 741 children have been admitted in government English medium schools so far and their online class has also started. Infrastructure development work is being done in English medium schools at the cost of Rs 128 crore. He said that Rs 81 crore more is required for infrastructure development and requested the Chief Minister to sanction this amount from DMF.