The Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), on Thursday, launched the ‘Skills on Wheels’ initiative. The initiative involves a bus that will travel from the corporate office to the rural areas of the state. The aim of the initiative is to provide digital education in these rural areas. The bus will travel to six districts of the state namely, Chittoor, Anantapur, Prakasam, Nellore and Kurnool.
Madhusudan Reddy, Chairman, APSSDC, said that at least 5 villages in each district will be covered. Three groups of society will be provided education under this scheme - school children, unemployed youth and Self Help Group members. The Chairman also said that community programs will be held in various parts of the state. The technical support for this project is being provided by Hewlett Packard (HP). Several groups will be provided digital literacy for 11 hours per day in total.
In recent news, Andhra Pradesh Government is also all set to introduce English as the teaching medium in Government schools of the state from the next academic year. English as a medium will first be introduced in the Government-run primary schools based in the state. The medium will be eventually implemented through Classes 1 to 8. The order was released on Andhra Pradesh School Education Department on 5th November 2019. It read that all government, MPP, and Zilla Parishad schools will be converted to English Medium schools from the next academic year onwards.
The transformation of primary level government schools into English medium, as per the circular, will be implemented in two phases. In Phase 1, to be implemented from the academic year 2020-21, all MPP, and Zilla Parishad schools will be converted into English Medium Schools for students through Class 1 to Class 8 The Phase 2 of the project will be implemented in the academic year 2021-22, where all schools with Classes 9 and Class 10 schools will be converted into English Medium. The Government, as part of the project, has also allowed the opening of parallel English Medium Schools in existing high schools for classes 6 to 10.