Vijayawada: With the increase in demand for admission to municipal schools, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has focused on building additional classrooms in schools. Education minister Botcha Satyanarayana on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the construction of 168 additional classrooms in VMC schools.
The demand for admission to municipal schools has increased with the Nadu-Nedu program and the English teaching program. VMC schools have seen approximately 18% growth in student numbers over the past two years. Around 2,600 new admissions have been registered during the current academic year and many more are awaiting authorisation.
The VMC has decided to admit all students who have submitted applications and to strengthen the infrastructure to accommodate more students.
The civic body also decided to use funds from the 14th Finance Commission to improve the infrastructure of municipal schools. “We are committed to providing quality education in municipal schools. Many parents trust us and enroll their children in public schools. Public schools recorded record growth with 10 performance indicators set by the government. Many public schools performed better than company schools. We are committed to developing municipal schools on equal footing with corporate schools which collect huge sums as fees,” said Botcha Satyanarayana.
Town’s mayor Rayana Bhagya Lakshmi said they have spent 120 crore to develop municipal schools in Vijayawada city in the past three years.
Meanwhile, student associations are asking VMC to recruit enough teaching staff. “The government should recruit enough staff,” said Praveen Kumar, secretary of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).