12-11-201912-11-2019 09:14:01 IST
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Amidst the ongoing row over the Andhra Pradesh government's decision to make all the government-run schools function in English medium, Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy slammed the opposition.
Jagan lashed out at Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, leader of Opposition Chandrababu Naidu and Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan for their dual standards.
"Where did your children study?" asked Jagan to the leaders who opposed the government's decision. Jagan was indicating that the opposition leaders were supporting the Telugu mediums, they got their own children educated in English medium schools.
"Sir, Chandrababu garu, in which medium your son studied? Tomorrow your grandson will be studying in which medium? Sir, Venkaiah Naidu garu, in which medium your son and grandsons studied?" asked the YSRCP chief.
The chief minister also took a shot at Pawan Kalyan's personal life, saying, "Sir, actor Pawan Kalyan garu. You have three wives, four-five children."
"What is the medium of instruction in the schools they are studying?" he asked.
Jagan was speaking at the National Education Day celebrations in Vijayawada to mark the birth anniversary of India's first Education Minister Abul Kalam Azad.
"If you want to compete in the world today, English is a must. That's why I have taken initiative to ensure that our children study through English medium," he said.
He noted that when a Government Order was issued towards this effect, there was criticism from Chandrababu Naidu, Venkaiah Naidu, Pawan Kalyan and others. "They all should keep their hands on their heart and say where their children studied."
The chief minister announced that from the next academic year (2020-21), English will be the medium of instruction from the first standard to the sixth standard in all government schools. Subsequently in one to four years, English will become the medium of instruction till the 10th standard. He said Telugu or Urdu will be a compulsory subject in all schools.
He said his government was making all efforts to improve the literacy rate in the state. He noted that as per the 2011 census, the illiteracy rate in the state is 33 percent against the national average of 27 percent.
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