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The decision was taken at a high-level meeting by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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news Education Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 08:46

Schools in Andhra Pradesh will open for the 2021-22 academic year on August 16, the state government announced on Friday. The decision to reopen schools, delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 second wave, was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. A release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the government would also come out with detailed guidelines on August 16 on the implementation of the New Education Policy-2020. The Chief Minister would dedicate to people, the government schools refurbished under the first phase of Naadu-Nedu programme, and also launch the second phase works on August 16.

Classification of schools into six categories from PP-1 to Class 12 would be undertaken as per the NEP-2020. The existing Anganwadis would be converted into satellite foundation schools, covering each habitation, the CMO release said. The Chief Minister directed the Education Department officials to clearly spell out to all stakeholders, why they were shifting to the NEP-2020.

"Create wide awareness, particularly among parents, on the benefits of NEP-2020. There should be no scope for any doubts or apprehensions," Jagan Mohan Reddy said. He said the state government would spend Rs 16,000 crore for implementing the NEP-2020. This would rejuvenate the education system, he added. The government also decided to award marks to Class 10 students, who were declared to have passed in 2020 and 2021, as final examinations could not be conducted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

While 70% weightage would be given to slip tests, 30% would be for formative assessment for awarding the final marks. Grades would be awarded as per the marks, the School Education Department officials told the Chief Minister.

On Friday, the results of Intermediate second year students, the equivalent of Class 12, were also announced. A total of 5.08 lakh intermediate second year students have been declared passed, of which 2.53 lakh students are boys and 2.55 lakh students are girls. Another 11,165 private candidates have also passed. The marks memo will be available for download from the Board of Intermediate Education website from 5 pm on July 26. A Board of Intermediate Education committee will be set up to address any objections or disputes. Candidates can send any queries or grievances to the official email ID ourbieap@gmail.com, or on WhatsApp to 9391282578.

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