Opening of English medium govt schools success: Gehlot

Jaipur, Feb 14 : The initiative of opening English medium government schools in Rajasthan has been a tremendous success, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said.

"Through learning English, children in government schools will gain confidence and be at par with children of private English medium schools. They will not suffer from inferiority complex which weakens the country," Gehlot said at the inauguration of a private school here on Friday.

He further stated that there is no dearth of talent among Hindi-speaking populace. "However, in today's time, the importance of English has increased greatly in all sectors of life. Hindi-speaking children are not getting as many opportunities as those who are fluent in English. So, we need to progress on this front as well," he said.

Talking about advancements made post-independence, the Chief Minister said that progress in areas like health, science, technology and education has been significant. The country is not lagging behind in comparison to any other nation in the world, he added.

Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra said that the government intends to provide quality education to every child whether they are studying in private or government schools. The government wants to support private schools in tandem with government schools to ensure access to quality education for all children.

In the first Budget, the Chief Minister declared Rs 1,581 crore for improving the quality of education in the state as well as opening 1,260 schools across the state. English medium schools have opened in 33 districts of Rajasthan to provide equal opportunities to children from all walks of life. Today, 11,850 children are studying in English medium schools across the state. Rajasthan is now number 2 in terms of quality education from the earlier rank of 13.

On the occasion, Chief Secretary, D.B. Gupta said that the literacy rate in the Rajasthan according to the 1951 census was a mere 8.95 per cent. However owing to consistent efforts for promoting education, as per the census of 2011, the literacy rate in the state has increased to 66.11 per cent. Out of which the male literacy rate stands at 79.19 per cent which is equivalent to the national average. However, the female literacy is rate is only 52.12 per cent which is below the national average. There needs to be considerable work done towards educating the girl child, added Gupta.

(IANS)

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