VIJAYAWADA: Municipal administration minister P Narayana is all set to bring about reforms in municipal schools in the state.
He told mediapersons at the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation council hall here on Wednesday, he said the government was making all efforts to constitute parents committees in all municipal schools and in the absence of parents, NGOs of the region will enquire about each student’s progress in academics, like in the corporate sector.
Highlighting the need to appoint academic experts for each subject in all schools, he said that by June 15, every municipal school in the state will have professional counsellors for each subject and they will be monitored by academic experts for each subject in all the 13 districts.
“They will take 12 classes every week and in the remaining time, they will work to design teaching schedules to yield better results and the state-level counsellors will take two classes in a day thrice a week,” the minister said.
He said that in the coming six months, all municipal schools will be fully equipped with modern laboratories in Physics, Botany, Chemistry and Computer Science with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding.
Admitting that lack of coordination among officials was the main reason for sorry state of affairs at municipal schools in the state, he said, “There are 1,852 urban schools and about 2.56 lakh students are studying in them. We want to raise the strength to five lakhs by next year.”
Spl Officer to Monitor Tax Collection
Municipal administration minister P Narayana said that a special commissioner V Ravindra will be appointed to monitor collection of taxes in the state and directed the officials to complete the revenue survey using the geo-tracking method in a month’s time in all the 110 municipalities and notified area councils across the state. He said that random checks will be conducted by the corporation officials as well as the special commissioner across the state, regarding the revenue survey to make sure that proper tax payment by the public with the help of a ‘mobile app’, through which irregularities in tax payments will be identified. “Without any hike in the property tax, the revenue of the corporation will be increased up to 20 per cent and we have initiated this concept in Vijayawada, Guntur and Nellore districts on pilot basis,” he said.