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The Tech savy State, Andhra Pradesh, is strengthening teacher student relation with latest technologies. State’s Education Department has decided to create Andhra Pradesh e-knowledge exchange. APEKX is a portal to be used by teachers and students for sharing of e-content, discussions, student-raised questions, reviews and lesson plans.
AP is the first and only State integrated with DIKSHA, the national level portal for in-class resources. APEKX consists of 130 subject experts and teachers, who will be trained at District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), the Principle Secretary, Aditya Nath Das, said.
The partnership with DIKSHA also helped introduce energised textbooks that will revolutionise learning opportunities in Andhra Pradesh. Through a QR code printed in every chapter, users will be able to access videos, simulations, worksheets and other resources through augmented reality and the e-content on the State’s Cloud. 250 teachers have been trained, and are currently working on mapping and pooling digital content.
The Chief Minister, Chandra Babu Naidu, recently has reviewed the detailed reports of the education department officials, regarding School, Intermediate as well as College Education.
For improving school infrastructure facilities, a Rs 4,848 crore annuity plan has been approved. by the Chief Minister. The plan includes 6 packages from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with physical targets like 33,145 additional classrooms, 21,249 compound walls and furniture for 40,665 schools.
Officials reported that 62% of all school-going children’s enrolments have been validated and confirmed with the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) survey and their respective Headmasters.
The Chief Minister said that 100% enrollment of students should be our primary goal. “Whether in private or public schools, link the records with the Aadhar identification system, and register every student. We must be able to access their enrolments and attendance details online”, he said.
The teachers across all districts have recorded a high attendance of 78%. Officials assured the Chief Minister that by the end of December, teachers will achieve 100% attendance. Srikakulam and East Godavari are the districts with the highest attendance records of teachers.
The Chief Minister said that even teachers’ records must be updated online, as transfers and promotions can be made, using this data as the main criterion.
2,399 out of 5,000 schools have commenced the Digital classroom (DCR) programme. January 15, 2018 is the deadline, for all schools to install the technology required, and begin engaging with the programme.
The Mid-day Meal scheme has also been developed, and has been extended to 45,528 schools and 34,57,124 students this academic year. There are centralized kitchen sheds, a mobile app and a web-based monitoring system that have made the implementation efficient. 78.63% of schools use LPG connections for MDM, and the goal is to reach 100% by the end of November.
The National Assessment Survey, covering 2,210 schools, 52,974 students in 13 districts, will be conducted in the next three months.
For the Badi Parivartana program, and other skill development programmes, partnerships will also be finalised soon.
The Chief Minister instructed the officials to systematically define the standards of education based on international criteria, and find out where the state’s competency.
“In the past 4 years, trace the progress of the education department of the state, and present the same in the next meeting”, he instructed them.
75% of junior colleges were provided with internet, Wi-Fi connectivity and smart classrooms, and the goal is to complete 100% by the end of this year.
Officials also reported that 33 new junior colleges have been sanctioned and 25 will be established this academic year.
There has been a 12.58% increase in the number of students attending college, since 2014.
507 students have received the Pratibha Award, 3,527 students have received the MHRD scholarship.
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